Developing ecological indicators of visitor use of protected areas : a new integrated framework from Australia

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Title Developing ecological indicators of visitor use of protected areas : a new integrated framework from Australia
Author Castley, Guy; Hill, Wendy May; Pickering, Catherine Marina
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
Editor H. Ross and R.W. Carter
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Abstract Sustainable tourism is considered an appropriate use of many Australian protected areas. However, such use needs to be managed , and the effectiveness of management needs to be assessed as over-use can adversely affect the natural environment. Monitoring and management of visitor impacts requires integration into evaluation frameworks to enable more efficient reporting but within Australia this appears to be poorly developed. We have developed a framework that integrates visitor impact monitoring and evaluation within adaptive management cycles to improve management responses. The framework uses existing management processes, where possible, for focusing monitoring efforts and selecting appropriate ecological indicators. This focus is achieved through a process of prioritisation of natural assets used by visitors, or those likely to be impacted by visitor use. The framework follows a sequential, adaptive cycle of identifying natural asset values, their vulnerability, and use by visitors to derive appropriate indicators for monitoring. The indicators selected using the framework are linked to existing evaluation frameworks to provide baseline information for core protected area evaluation across a variety of spatial scales. We outline the functionality of the framework using a six step process and expand on the ability of the framework to be applied in other protected area management situations.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 16
Issue Number 4
Page from 14
Page to 25
ISSN 1448-6563
Date Accessioned 2010-03-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Environmental Futures Research Institute
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Ecosystem Function; Environmental Impact Assessment; Impacts of Tourism; Wildlife and Habitat Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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