Australian protected areas and adaptive management: Contributions by visitor planning frameworks and management effectiveness assessments

Moore, S. A. and Hockings, M. (2013) Australian protected areas and adaptive management: Contributions by visitor planning frameworks and management effectiveness assessments. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 20 4: 270-284. doi:10.1080/14486563.2013.833487


Author Moore, S. A.
Hockings, M.
Title Australian protected areas and adaptive management: Contributions by visitor planning frameworks and management effectiveness assessments
Journal name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-6563
2159-5356
Publication date 2013-12-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2013.833487
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 20
Issue 4
Start page 270
End page 284
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
Abstract Protected areas are recognised as crucial for conserving biodiversity and supporting the ecological processes that benefit humans, as well as providing recreational and wellbeing benefits. The complexities and uncertainties associated with their management make adaptive management an appealing ideal. This paper examines how two well-developed management methodologies - visitor planning frameworks (e.g. limits of acceptable change) and management effectiveness assessments - contribute to the adaptive management of visitor use of protected areas. A set of principles was developed from the literature by the authors and used to analyse the performance of these methodologies in facilitating adaptive management of visitor use in such areas in Australia. The analysis revealed both methodologies as contributing to institutionalising monitoring and the development of shared understandings. Effectiveness assessments are facilitating adaptation, with systematic evaluation and feedback of results into management evident. Performance of the visitor frameworks was impeded by a lack of commitment to implementation. Identifying and evaluating future options was a weakness of both frameworks. In sum, however, both provide practical, much-needed means for progressing the institutionalisation of adaptive management and hence contributing to innovative solutions to the complex problems facing protected areas.
Keyword Adaptive management
Limits of acceptable change
Management effectiveness assessment
Monitoring
Protected areas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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