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Tourism BPG No 27 Photo: IUCN

Tourism and visitor management in protected areas : guidelines for sustainability

Protected areas are a key component of any global conservation strategy. Tourism provides a crucial and unique way of fostering visitors’ connection with protected area values, making it a potentially positive force for  conservation. Protected area tourism’s economic benefits—which depend on beautiful natural areas, healthy wildlife and nature, and authentic cultures—can also be a powerful argument for conservation. Tourism in protected areas  is a major part of the global tourism industry—an industry whose scale and impacts are enormous. Such a high volume of visitors implies certain needs for fundamental infrastructure and requirements for employment and human services, all of which have ramifications for the economy, society, culture and the environment. These Guidelines provide guidance on key issues to help managers achieve sustainable tourism in protected areas.

Editors: Leung, Yu-Fai - Spenceley, Anna -Hvenegaard, Glen - Buckley, Ralf - Groves, Craig

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Publication: English - Spanish

Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas Cover Photo: IUCN

Sustainable tourism in protected areas : guidelines for planning and management

The link between protected areas and tourism is as old as the history of protected areas. Though the relationship is complex and sometimes adversarial, tourism is always a critical component to consider in the establishment and management of protected areas. These guidelines aim to build an understanding of protected area tourism, and its management. They provide both a theoretical structure and practical guidelines for managers. The underlying aim is to ensure that tourism contributes to the purposes of protected areas and does not undermine them.

Author: Eagles, Paul F. J.McCool, Stephen F,  Haynes, Christopher D.,

Publication: English - Español日本の - русский - 中國

Reports

Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development Photo: IUCN WCPA TAPAS

Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development.

Report to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
and IUCN, 2017

Authors: Spenceley, AnnaSnyman, SusanEagles, Paul F. J.

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Publication: English - Español - Français

Database


Online database of sustainable tourism guidelines and resources
 

Webinars

Valorisation of PA resources This MOOC is about the sustainable use or valorisation of natural resources in protected areas. The main goal of this course is to introduce some of the commonly-used ways to sustainably valorise protected areas (and their resources), thereby contributing to their long-term conservation. It will focus on two complementary approaches: the first part of the MOOC will cover the benefits (direct or indirect) provided by natural resources in protected areas, while the second part will focus on sustainable tourism and its benefits, costs, opportunities and threats. The second part of the course is based on the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas, developed by 58 members of the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group.

International Perspectives on Visitor Use Management

Guidance for Tourism Concessions and Partnership in Protected Areas

Presenting the new Visitor Use Management Framework VUM - Part 1

Presenting the new Visitor Use Management Framework VUM Part 2

Certification Tools and Standards for Protected Areas Management

More Than Just Signs: Designing Visitor Experience for Heritage Management

TAPAS Governance Documents

IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group Introduction 2018

Tourism and Protected Areas Strategy 2016-2020

Tourism and Protected Areas Report 2018

Tourism and Protected Areas Report 2017

 

 

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