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Wildlife tourism as a common pool resource issue: enabling conditions for sustainability governance

Moore, S.A. and Rodger, K. (2010) Wildlife tourism as a common pool resource issue: enabling conditions for sustainability governance. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 18 (7). pp. 831-844.

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Wildlife tourism is potentially a common pool resource (CPR) issue when the following are applicable: it is difficult to exclude tourists; their experiences are affected by others' activities; and adverse impacts on the wildlife occur. CPRs are typified by non-excludability and subtractability. Relatively few efforts have been made to consider tourism in this way or to use the concept of CPR in tourism management schemes. This paper (1) explores the possibility of wildlife tourism being a CPR issue, (2) derives a list of enabling conditions required for the sustainability of such resources and (3) determines the applicability of the conditions through a case study. Having described the potential for wildlife tourism to be a CPR issue, the enabling conditions explored in the rest of the paper follow: the characteristics of the tourism resource system and its user groups, the associated institutional arrangements and the external environment. The application of CPR thinking to the case study, whale shark tourism in Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia, revealed the contribution of institutional arrangements, particularly those associated with the State Government, to sustainable management. The use of the enabling conditions as a tool for managing wildlife tourism is discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: (c) Taylor & Francis
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