Permits, licences and leases (collectively referred to as concessions) when used in conjunction with 'planning' and 'management frameworks' can be effective in reducing visitor impacts in high use and sensitive areas, providing satisfying experiences for visitors, separating potentially conflicting activities, encouraging responsible behaviour, and providing assistance in collection of visitor and management data (see Managing Protected Areas).
Recent research into some of the issues affecting licensed nature tour operations in Australian protected areas indicate:
In Western Australia, licensing is utilised by State Government agencies to regulate the behaviour of the nature tourism industry from a number of perspectives. This study examined whether, in addition to its intended benefits, the State's current licensing framework is ...
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