Indigenous cultural conflicts with recreation in protected areas

Zeppel, Heather (2008) Indigenous cultural conflicts with recreation in protected areas. In: Proceedings of IFPRA Asia Pacific Congress 2008. pp. 6-8. From: IFPRA Asia Pacific Congress 2008, 16 -18 September 2008, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Previous studies of recreation conflicts in protected areas focus on conflicts between visitors and managers, between recreational users in the same activity or different activities, and with other non-recreation activities over use of natural resources. There has been little attention given to cultural conflicts between recreation activities and indigenous or ethnic groups. This paper addresses cultural conflicts between indigenous groups, recreational users and management agencies over the appropriate amenity use of natural areas. It assesses both social values conflicts and interpersonal conflict between groups with different worldviews about natural landscapes, resource use and recreation. For example, indigenous groups performing ritual ceremonies may conflict with mountain climbers, rock climbers or hikers in the same area. Well-known indigenous cultural conflicts with recreation include visitors climbing Uluru (Australia); mountaineers on Aoraki/ Mount Cook (New Zealand); and rock climbers at Devils Tower National Monument (USA). Cultural conflicts between indigenous groups and recreation managers or user groups involve litigation, negotiation and consultation about recreational use of parks. Strategies adopted by management agencies to address cultural issues and recreational use of sacred natural areas include education, zoning and voluntary bans or prohibition of activities.

Item ID: 7638
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 1012-7720
Keywords: indigenous cultures; recreation conflicts; protected areas
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Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2010 04:30
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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