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Protected areas and development in arid Australia – Challenges to regional tourism

Tremblay, P (2008). Protected areas and development in arid Australia – Challenges to regional tourism. Rangeland Journal,30(1):67-75.

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Title Protected areas and development in arid Australia – Challenges to regional tourism
Author Tremblay, P
Journal Name Rangeland Journal
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 30
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1036-9872   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-41549148103
Start Page 67
End Page 75
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
1506 - Tourism
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The principal contention of this paper is that the traditional approach to park management is inadequate to deal with the contemporary goals of protected areas, in particular, biodiversity conservation, cultural heritage management and the management of socio-economic development within parks. This is particularly true for parks in remote regions like Central Australia, where management on a broader scale is required. The benefits of park management embracing a regional approach to development and conservation are examined. This paper also identifies some serious restrictions to development. Parks rely heavily on abstract management plans, and do not have a transparent framework through which to set objectives and targets. These objectives would allow parks to evaluate their organisation’s performance. Iconic landscape assets dominate the tourism economy in Central Australia. The number of different institutions managing parks has hampered the establishment of a valuation framework. This framework would allow regional resource allocation decisions to be assessed and parks’ performances to be monitored. Proper assessment and monitoring would strengthen the case for additional park funding to pursue conservation and development responsibilities.
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