Extreme sports in natural areas: Looming disaster or a catalyst for a paradigm shift in land use planning?

Burgin, Shelley and Hardiman, Nigel (2012) Extreme sports in natural areas: Looming disaster or a catalyst for a paradigm shift in land use planning? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55 (7). pp. 921-940. ISSN 0964-0568. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2011.634228) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Historically, visitors' motives for visiting protected areas included 'rest, relaxation and reinvigoration'. Ecological impacts were typically low. Recent trends have increased use of protected areas for extreme sports, with greater numbers undertaking more active recreation, such as extreme sports. The effect of this trend is considered, together with potential management options. We propose that the development of appropriately targeted and delivered educational programmes could minimise environmental degradation. However, to maximise ecological conservation in protected lands we consider that a major paradigm shift is required. This will require a more strategic, holistic approach to planning and managing outdoor recreation/sport destinations incorporating collaboration across stakeholders. Based on past experience, to continue with the current model will ultimately accelerate biodiversity loss, degradation of protected areas, and loss of recreational amenity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: action sports; adventure recreation impacts; mountain biking; national park management; off-road driving; policy change; protected areas visitation trends; snow sports; speed climbing; visitor impacts
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: N.J. Hardiman
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2013 15:07 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 11:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33066 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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