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Australian experiences in strategic frameworks for visitor management

Moore, S.A. (2010) Australian experiences in strategic frameworks for visitor management. In: Visions and Strategies for the World¹s National Parks and Issues Confronting the Management of the World's National Parks, 2 - 3 August, Taiwan

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Australia has been applying strategic frameworks for visitor management since the 1980s. There are at least 20 examples of planning frameworks (e.g. Recreation Opportunity Spectrum, Limits of Acceptable Change) being used in this country. Management effectiveness evaluation, another strategic framework for visitor (and protected area) management, has been undertaken in four Australian States over the last decade. This evaluation aims to support adaptive management and improve accountability. Although the two approaches vary in purpose, both rely on indicators. To service both approaches in Australia and elsewhere, the current focus in planning frameworks on resource indicators requires broadening to include measures of the inputs and processes of management. Additionally, successful application of these strategic approaches depends on the commitment of senior agency staff and on scientists and managers working together.

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Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
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