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Guidelines for Design and Implementation of Monitoring Programs to Assess Visitor Impacts In and Around Aquatic Ecosystems Within Protected Areas

Hadwen, Wade L, Arthington, Angela and Boon, Paul I (2010) Guidelines for Design and Implementation of Monitoring Programs to Assess Visitor Impacts In and Around Aquatic Ecosystems Within Protected Areas. Technical Report. Gold Coast, The Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre.

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Abstract

This report is divided into four chapters. The first chapter introduces the field sites used in the field trials and documents the visitor survey instrument developed to assess visitor perceptions and activities at these sites. In addition, the data generated from the visitor surveys are presented and discussed. The second chapter introduces the critical components of the design of the field trials, including indicator selection and the importance of selecting relevant upstream and downstream control sites in this type of monitoring. The third chapter presents the outcome of field trials and includes critical elements of hypothesis testing and the need to relate indicator responses to spatially and temporally relevant aspects of visitation. The final chapter integrates the outcomes of the first three chapters and outlines the approach that protected area managers need to follow in order to develop and implement their own defendable and tailored monitoring programs in and around high use aquatic sites within their jurisdictions.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Additional Information:

9781921658426 (print ISBN), 9781921658921 (online ISBN)

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20050, aquatic ecology, tourism, ecotourism, environmental monitoring, human impact, tourists, wildlife protection, protected areas, indicators
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0501 Ecological Applications
FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
SEO Classification > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 03:25
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 03:25
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8616
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