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Social (local communities) and Economic

Recent research by the STCRC recommends the following for measuring the socio-economic changes in local communities where protected areas are a dominant social and economic forceRead more

Recent research by the STCRC recommends the following for measuring the socio-economic changes in local communities where protected areas are a dominant social and economic force:

 

  • Robust and regular visitor surveys, including different market segments;
  • Collection of expenditure details from visitors as part of visitor surveys (link to rapid assessment toolkit);
  • Initiating effective interagency collaboration and establishing closer community partnerships in planning and management;
  • A coordinated and systematic approach to data collection across regions including park agency financial (revenue and expenditure) data and visitor centre accommodation and tour bookings;
  • Periodic residential surveys regarding park use, perceptions and attitudes of park management and visitors, and
  • Tourism satellite accounts at the regional level.
Other research by the STCRC has focused on identifying a set of social indicators for tourism communities and to advance techniques in the field of social impact assessment. STCRC research has produced an instrument for assessing and tracking a host community’s perceptions of the impact of tourism on their quality of life.

 

Economic research by the STCRC in Australia has determined the economic and social values of parks and natural areas by assessing direct economic expenditure and developing practical and cost efficient methods of data collection including rapid assessment toolkits.

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