Identification of visitor impact indicators for Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
The aim of this dissertation is to identify indicators of visitor impacts in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand. A four stage model for identifying indicators of visitor impacts in natural areas, derived by Ward & Beanland (1995), is applied to three case study areas. This model represents one component of visitor impact management. The model proposes that for each case study site, the type of ecosystem and the types and levels of visitor use be considered. This information is used to identify the potential environmental impacts of visitor use at each site. Management information is used to determine the objectives of management. Indicators are selected with regard to what management aims to achieve in an area. The indicators identified in this study are a reflection of the bio-physical features of each site and the type and level of use each site receives, and have been selected in relation to management objectives. Some indicators are generic across sites, while others are specific to each site's bio-physical features and/or types and levels of use. Recommendations for improvement of the model are made. Issues to be considered in the further development of indicators identified by this study are also raised.... [Show full abstract]
KeywordsNew Zealand; Abel Tasman National Park; visitor impacts; natural areas; visitor impact management; environmental impact; ecosystems; visitor impact indicators; environmental modelling; biophysical resources; conservation; environmental monitoring
Fields of Research050204 Environmental Impact Assessment; 050205 Environmental Management; 050206 Environmental Monitoring
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