Managing visitor access to natural and protected areas - May 22, 2014


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Managing visitor access to natural and protected areas

Challenges, strategies, opportunities

Venue: Department of Economics and Management, via Inama 5, Trento - Conference Room

May 22nd, 2014
8.30 am

The growing interest in nature-based tourism worldwide raises concerns about how to manage visitor access to natural and protected areas in a way that preserves the environment as well as the quality of the recreational experience. Addressing such concerns requires a better understanding of the impacts of visitation and reliable information on the effectiveness of different management strategies.

This conference provides a scientific forum where academics and experts from various fields can share the current knowledge on the management of visitor access to natural areas and discuss implications in the environmental and socioeconomic realms. The event broadly focuses on both designated areas (e.g. National Parks) and natural contexts (e.g. rural areas) constituting important tourist destinations.

Keynote speakers

Peter Newman (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Paul Peeters (Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands)

Topics of the conference

Contributions are welcome on the following themes:

  • sustainable transportation to and within natural areas
  • management of visitor flows in natural areas
  • tools and techniques for monitoring visitation patterns
  • ecological impact of outdoor recreation
  • socioeconomic assessment of mobility and access strategies
  • travel behaviors in natural areas

Scientific committee

Francesco Orsi, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering
Davide Geneletti,