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This report presents the results of a study of Australian protected area agencies in terms of:  current practices for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on performance in relation to visitor use of protected areas; and,  future approaches to enhance the usefulness of these practices in meeting agency goals.

by Karen Higginbottom, R.W. (Bill) Carter, Susan Moore, Kate Rodger and Yamini Narayanan

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This report reviews current practices of Australian protected area management agencies in regard to permitting and licensing procedures, and fees charged, for commercial tourism and commercial photography in National Parks.

by Ralf Buckley, Natasha Witting and Michaela Guest

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Managing People in Australian Parks - 2. Commercial Operations Management

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This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Center’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas. In this report we review the approaches management agencies have taken to research and assess ecologically sustainable visitor use of Australia’s World Heritage Areas.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Ecologically Sustainable Visitor Use of Australia’s World Heritage Areas

 

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This project explicitly focuses on indicators for measuring the sustainability of visitor use, rather than the much broader suite of indicators needed to report comprehensively on protected area management. Also, the STCRC requested that the indicators be developed for potential inclusion in the Earthcheck TM benchmarking system.

by Joanna Tonge, Susan Moore, Marc Hockings, Graeme Worboys and Kerry Bridle

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Developing Indicators for the Sustainable Management of Visitor Use of Protected Areas in Australia

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This report focuses on risk management policies, risk identification procedures, incidents and claims, risk management training, risk inspections, legal advice, transfer of risk for commercial and non-commercial activities and restriction of liability.

by Ralf Buckley, Natasha Witting and Michaela Guest

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Managing People in Australian Parks - 3. Risk Management & Public Liability

 

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This report assesses the captive wildlife tourism industry today, evaluates its contribution to Australian society and identifies its main obstacles and opportunities for the future.

by Andrew Tribe

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Captive Wildlife Tourism in Australia

 

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Behavioural Responses of Dingoes to Tourists on Fraser Island

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This study investigates some of the ways in which dingoes are affected by tourists on Fraser Island, with a view to providing recommendations that may help reduce the threat of attacks on tourists by dingoes.

by Kate Lawrance and Karen Higginbottom

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Human Waste Contamination at Huts and Campsites in the Back Country of Tasmania

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The introduction of a minimal impact bushwalking (MIB) education campaign has alerted walkers to preferred behavioural practices in natural environments. However, despite the introduction of this campaign in Tasmania in 1987, there are still issues relating to visitor impact in back-country environments. The impact of visitors on the natural environment is often measured in terms of vegetation loss or track erosion. Impacts dealing with water quality issues have also been researched to a lesser degree. However, despite the visual impact of  inadequately buried human faeces at campsites, there has been very little work done on the extent of this problem, and on associated health risks.

by Kerry Bridle, Jamie Kirkpatrick and Julie von Platen

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Off-road driving, horseriding, rock climbing and similar activities can be lucrative for tour operators and important for local recreational groups, but contentious for management of national parks and protected areas, both because of safety and liability and because of potentially high environmental impacts. This report examines management strategies for these activities worldwide and in Australia. Suggestions for best management practice and future research agendas are set.

by Carl Cater, Ralf Buckley, Robert Hales, David Newsome, Catherine Pickering and Amanda Smith

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