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Malaysia establishes a 1-million-hectare marine park

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Malaysia has just established the biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo, a region containing the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia as well as other important habitats like mangroves, sea grass beds and productive fishing grounds. By theguardian. Read more.

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In response to concerns over the influence of visitor activities on site ecosystem health, natural resource managers have expressed an interest in predictive models that might be able to identify affected sites before deleterious impacts have occurred. Hadwen, Arthington and Mosisch (2003) developed one such predictive model, known as the Tourist Pressure Index or TPI. Their TPI aimed to predict visitor numbers to significant sites (pristine lakes) on the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island (Queensland, Australia). In this study, we sought to apply the TPI model to sites on Fraser Island and developed thresholds for Early Warning and Management Action that can be used by natural resource managers to respond to site use before they become degraded from excessive visitor use.

by Wade Hadwen and Angela Arthington

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Where Do They Go? Predicting Visitation Intensity at Focal Tourist Sites within Protected Areas

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As demand grows for tourism opportunities within Australian protected areas, partnerships are increasingly seen as the way forward in dealing with the variety of interests involved and ensuring that sustainability goals are pursued. Previous tourism partnership research has not made the most of opportunities to consult related literature from a broad range of disciplines and use associated theoretical developments as a basis for analysis. This technical report addresses this gap through a multi-disciplinary review of partnerships research to reconcile the often multifarious definitions of partnership and allied concepts, such as collaboration and cooperation, and the various meanings given to success, as well as to identify factors which might impact upon partnership success or failure.

by Jennifer Laing, Aggie Wegner, Susan Moore, Betty Weiler, Sharron Pfueller, Diane Lee, Jim Macbeth, Glen Croy and Michael Lockwood

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This research study aimed to examine the relationships between NPWS and its private visitor service providers (‘Lessees’). The study uses in-depth, semi-structured interviews with NPWS staff and Lessees involved in five case study partnerships to get insight into the workings of these relationships — their challenges and successes.

by Noah Nielsen, Erica Wilson and Jeremy Buultjens

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From Lessees to Partners: Exploring Relationships between NSW NPWS and Private Visitor Facility Providers

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This study relied mainly on secondary data sourced directly from previous research projects conducted by STCRC in protected areas in Australia to review the management and visitor trends in national parks and other protected areas to review management practices, visitors, economic benefits, environmental impacts, education and interpretation and destinations marketing. An expert consultation was conducted to identify the trends in protected areas in Australia and internationally.

by Hum Bahadur Gurung

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This document profiles key STCRC research in the field of tourism and protected area management from 2005 to October 2008. The aim of this summary is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of research that informs the parks-tourism relationship and its management.

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Tourism and Protected Area Management Research Snapshot

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This study uses the available literature and industry input to develop a set of guiding principles for achieving the sustainable marketing and promotion of visitation to national parks and other protected areas. Industry examples are used to highlight where and how these guiding principles are already being used as examples of good  practice, thereby offering guidance to others.

by Stephen Wearing, David Archer and Sue Beeton

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Sustainable Marketing of Tourism in Protected Areas: Moving Forward

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The purpose of Promoting Persuasion in Protected Areas is to help protected area managers make better decisions and to achieve greater success in their use of communication to influence visitor behaviour. Many managers, and some tourism operators, see this as an important part of their job. While others can learn and apply the approach outlined in this manual, and while the methods can be adapted for influencing many different kinds of behaviours, this manual is written for protected area managers who want to influence the behaviour of people who visit their sites.

by Sam H Ham, Terry J Brown, Jim Curtis, Betty Weiler, Michael Hughes and Mark Poll

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Promoting Persuasion in Protected Areas: A guide for Managers who want to use Strategic Communication to Influence Visitor Behaviour

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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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Impacts of Recreation & Tourism on Plants in Protected Areas in Australia

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This report reviews research into impacts of recreation and tourism on vegetation in Australian protected areas and identifies key areas for future research. A comprehensive literature review of Australian and overseas research on tourism and recreation impacts  on vegetation in protected areas was conducted. Discussions were held with industry including staff from park agencies, as well as researchers in recreational  ecology.

by Catherine Pickering and Wendy Hill

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