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Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for sustainability

Published in 2018 by
  • IUCN (Scientific and Technical)

Type of document: Best practices, case studies

Many protected areas are managed for tourism and visitation as one component of achieving their purpose, involving a wide range of stakeholders, including the private sector. The rapidly expanding demand for tourism development associated with protected areas emphasizes the need to provide clear guidance that will contribute towards sustainable tourism consistent with the primary conservation objectives of protected areas.

Further information

These guidelines are an initiative of the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist (TAPAS) Group - a voluntary network of over 500 people. The mission of the TAPAS Group is to provide a platform for protected area practitioners and others to share expertise and knowledge. www.iucn.org/theme/protected-areas/wcpa/what-we-do/tourism-tapas This is the third edition on the subject of tourism in IUCN WCPA’s Best Practice Guidelines series, and builds on the foundations created by these guidelines published in 1992 (McNeely, et al., 1992) and in 2002 (Eagles, et al., 2002). The production of these Guidelines was sponsored by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN WCPA), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Available online: https://portals.iucn.org/library/node/47918 Online database of sustainable tourism guidelines and resources: https:/go.ncsu.edu/iucn-sustainabletourism-bpg/ Launch: https://www.slideshare.net/TAPASGroup/new-guidance-on-tourism-and-visitor-management-in-protected-areas-released-by-iucn