Environmental impacts of tourism and recreation in the Wet Tropics

Turton, Stephen M., and Stork, Nigel E. (2008) Environmental impacts of tourism and recreation in the Wet Tropics. In: Stork, Nigel E., and Turton, Stephen M., (eds.) Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape. Blackwell Publishing, Carlton, VIC, Australia, pp. 349-356.

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[Extract] Tourists and local residents are continually seeking new recreation and leisure experiences, particularly in biologically complex and pristine environments such as coral reefs and tropical rainforests (Turton & Stork 2006). By the very nature of these complex and sensitive environments, there is a significant risk that over-visitation or inappropriate visitor use of these unique resources, or the inappropriate construction of resort and associated facilities, may lead to their decline and hence threaten their long term sustainability (Buckley 2004). These potential dangers are exacerbated by the rapid expansion of international tourism and the steady growth of domestic tourism and recreation in many tropical countries (Christ et al. 2003).

Item ID: 7410
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5643-1
Keywords: rain forests; Australia; management; visitation; sustainability; conservation
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010 00:26
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment @ 40%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 30%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 51%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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