The main focus of this research has been developing indicators for ecological communities including their condition, structure and function and perceptions of naturalness i.e., the extent of human modification to the environment. The ecologically focused integrated framework (and drawing on the IUCN-WCPA framework described previously) has also been a central part of this research.
Specific research has focused on developing indicators for aquatic systems in protected areas. This research assesses the range of activities generally undertaken in and around aquatic sites and the potential indicators that may assist in detecting the effects of these activities. A suite of indicators is potentially useful for monitoring and assessing visitor impacts in and around aquatic ecosystems within protected areas:
The selection of indicators to assess visitor impacts in aquatic ecosystems is a complex and challenging task for managers of all natural areas with heavily visited aquatic ecosystems. Traditional water quality indicators may not be appropriate in the assessment of visitor impacts due to their spatial and temporal extent and anticipated lack of response to visitor activities and disturbances. On the basis of research by the STCRC it is recommended that protected area managers follow a six-step process to develop and implement monitoring programs assessing visitor impacts in and around aquatic ecosystems.
Other specific research has focused on Australia’s World Heritage Areas developing a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance the reporting and evaluation of visitor use. Key findings and conclusions include:
In this study, we sought to evaluate: a) the range of activities undertaken by visitors to aquatic ecosystems and the likely ecological consequences of those activities, and b) the sensitivity and scale of response of existing aquatic indicators. By combining ...
This project explicitly focuses on indicators for measuring the sustainability of visitor use, rather than the much broader suite of indicators needed to report comprehensively on protected area management. Also, the STCRC requested that the indicators be developed for potential ...
This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Centre's overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas. In this report we review ...
Underwater cleanups are a great way to help protect the marine environment. However, there are some special considerations when cleaning up under water, especially in fragile coral reef environments.
To make this easier for reef operators, the Coral Reef Alliance ...
This Nielsen report examines how global unease over the use of pesticides, packaging waste and water shortages have overtaken global warming as a top concern among consumers.
The report is based on findings from the Nielsen's quarterly Global Online Consumer Confidence ...
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