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Natural Area Tourism: Ecology, Impacts and Management (Aspects of Tourism) Hardcover – 21 Dec 2012


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This is a critical resource for all those working in the interrelated disciplines of protected area management, sustainable tourism, geography and conservation biology. It is beautifully written in a clear and comprehensive style allowing readers to engage with all the challenges and intricacies of natural area tourism. The second edition updates and expands on the first edition, incorporating the latest outcomes from this expanding area of research and practice. All three authors are authorities in this field with both theoretical and practical experience. --Catherine Pickering, Environment Futures, Australia

The book sets out to argue that the foundation to managing tourism in natural areas is an understanding of the basic ecology of the area. This is a significant argument for many of the worlds's 160,000 or so nationally designated protected areas lay at the basis for a local tourism industry. The book takes the reader on a voyage from understanding the impacts of tourism to managing the visitors that cause them. Key reviews of management frameworks, strategies and actions are included. The text includes hundreds of references, an important feature for students interested in research. The book should be in every tourism researcher's library. --Steve McCool, The University of Montana, USA

Significantly revised and updated, this new edition provides an excellent resource for students, teachers, researchers and practitioners of nature-based tourism. This book is one of the few that goes beyond paying lip-service to the environmental impacts of tourism. Working from ecological first-principles, the authors provide a sound basis for considering how tourism impacts the natural environment. Importantly, the authors critically consider a range of management approaches that can be put in place to avoid or mitigate these impacts, acknowledging the human element involved in planning, management, intervention and monitoring. The book is packed full with extremely useful 'vignettes' (or case studies) from around the world (from Komodo Dragons to coral reefs!) essential in illustrating the variety of ecosystems and species that interact with tourism. A strength of the book is its accessibility - it is well written, and makes good use of images and figures to convey a huge amount of useful information - as such I am sure that it will appeal to a broad audience. --Brent Lovelock, University of Otago, New Zealand

About the Author

David Newsome's research interests span many areas of natural area tourism including wildlife tourism, the biophysical impacts of recreation in protected areas, evaluation of the quality of ecotourism operations, sustainable trail management and geotourism. His current interests include fostering protected area partnerships between China and Australia and promoting ecotourism in the ASEAN protected area network. Susan Moore leads the Nature Based Tourism Research Group at Murdoch University, Western Australia. Her expertise is natural area tourism, protected area management and biodiversity conservation policy. She has 150 publications including journal articles, books and reports and has successfully led more than 30 research projects delivering outputs to industry, government and non-government organizations, and the Australian Research Council. Ross Dowling is Foundation Professor of Tourism, Faculty of Business & Law, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He has worked in the field of tourism in natural areas for almost 40 years as a foundation member of the NZ Ministry for the Environment, a founder and current director of Ecotourism Australia, and as a tour guide to national parks and wilderness areas.

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