Managing Visitor Impacts Along Australia's Remote Kimberley Coast - The Forgotten Dimension of Balancing Country

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Conference Proceeding


University of Applied Sciences, Rapperswill


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Natural Sciences / Centre for Ecosystem Management




This article was originally published as: Scherrer, P., Smith, A. J., & Dowling, R. K. (2006). Managing Visitor Impacts along Australia's Remote Kimberley Coast - The Forgotten Dimension of Balancing Country. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas. (pp. 419-420). Rapperswil, Switzerland: University of Applied Sciences. Original article available here


Management and monitoring of visitor flows in recreational and protected areas are topics of growing importance worldwide. Today more than 100,000 protected areas exist globally, and the trend shows that their number is increasing, as the IUCN statistics demonstrate. To these, we must add numerous smaller areas that also have special natural or cultural heritage values, but do not have a special protected status. Many of these areas do not only serve the protection of natural and cultural values or biodiversity, they are also important points of attraction for tourism and recreation. These areas must be professionally maintained and managed if they are to conserve their natural and landscape values in the future.

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