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dc.contributor.authorHadwen, WL
dc.contributor.authorHill, W
dc.contributor.authorPickering, CM
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-10T01:11:27Z
dc.date.available2018-08-10T01:11:27Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.date.modified2009-09-15T07:36:28Z
dc.identifier.issn1442-7001
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1442-8903.2007.00364.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/17614
dc.description.abstractVisitation levels are on the rise in protected areas throughout the world. In response, many icon sites are showing signs of overuse and more protected areas managers report tourism and recreation as threats to sustainable management. Clearly, there is a growing need to assess (monitor) and manage visitors to mitigate their impacts. In this paper, we articulate why targeted visitor impact monitoring matters and highlight how existing monitoring programs fail to deliver the necessary information to protected area managers. We suggest that the availability and quality of visitor data are currently insufficient to facilitate the development of proactive management strategies in most protected areas. We call for more scale (time and space) sensitive collection of visitor load and environmental (response) data. Specifically, since icon sites (like waterfalls and mountain peaks) are the focus of visitor motivations and activities, we highlight the case for proactive assessment, management and reporting of condition at these sites. Ultimately, visitor trends will be influenced by visitor management. If visitor activities degrade the icon, the financial benefits of tourism and recreation to a protected area may not be sustainable. In addition, the conservation and protection objectives of the protected area will also not be met.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Asia
dc.publisher.placeAustralia
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom177
dc.relation.ispartofpageto181
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEcological management & restoration : linking science and practice
dc.relation.ispartofvolume8
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiological Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAgricultural and Veterinary Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode05
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode06
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode07
dc.titleIcons under threat: Why monitoring visitors and their ecological impacts in protected areas matters
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dc.description.versionPost-print
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environment
gro.rights.copyright© 2007 Ecological Society of Australia. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Icons under threat: Why monitoring visitors and their ecological impacts in protected areas matters, Ecological Management & Restoration, Vol. 8, Iss. 3, December 2017, pp. 177-181, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2007.00364.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
gro.griffith.authorHill, Wendy M.
gro.griffith.authorHadwen, Wade L.
gro.griffith.authorPickering, Catherine M.


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