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MKT01760 Sustainable Management of Protected Lands

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Tourism Planning Environment (MKT01760)


Added on  2020-02-24

MKT01760 Sustainable Management of Protected Lands


Tourism Planning Environment (MKT01760)

   Added on 2020-02-24

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Sustainable Management of Protected Lands 1SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED LANDSNameCourseProfessor’s NameUniversityCity (State)Date
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Sustainable Management of Protected Lands 2Sustainable Management of Protected LandsIntroductionFor this report, I am working for the Parks Victoria Agency which operates in association with the United Nations. Parks Victory Agency is tasked with the management of national parks and reserves that are controlled by the government. The services offered are geared towards conservation and tourism. One of the ways to conserve the park is to manage commercial tourism operators’ access to national parks. Currently, the government is managing the operatorsthrough ensuring that they obtain a license in order to offer their services. As they acquire the license they also undergo training which leads to provision of quality services (Dudley et al. 2015). The aim of this essay is to propose a plan that will assist in the management of commercial tourism operators. To kick-start the process, three tasks need to be carried out by the parks Victoria agency on behalf of the government. These include; communicating with the society in an attempt to inform them about their plans, involve the community by asking for their feedback on the plan, and taking the feedback and applying it to formulate a master plan that can be given to the government in the future development and management of the national parks. It is imperative to protect lands to ensure that their beauty, stories, and the heritage are kept alive for many generations to come (international community 2016). The plans are aimed to provide growth in the tourist centers while still encouraging tourism and ensuring the cultural and naturalvalues are conserved (Mike 2015). This will bring in a celebration of the beauty and history of the tourist attraction that will be achieved through storytelling for generations to come.Background Information
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Sustainable Management of Protected Lands 3Protected lands are regions that are used for preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of different people. They preserve landscapes, ecosystems, and different species. There are various types of protected lands such as national parks, historic and conservation reserves. When well preserved, they link people to their origin and nature that is not influenced by humans in any way(PB 2012). They also save one generation’s inheritance of nature for the next generation to enjoy. For sustainable tourism, and a successful economy in general, it is vital that nature remains intact. Biosphere reserves, nature parks as well as national parks are some of the most attractive tourist attractions currently. In many areas across the world, protected areas are increasingly attractive destinations for holidays. Commercial tourism operators are organizations that offer commercial services in protected lands such as camping and wildlife observation. In South Australia, they are required to possess a license (OECD 2017). The requirement for license possession has many advantages; It aids the DEWNR to investigate how lands are used to make sure that the natural, as well as the cultural values of the areas under protection, are not violated. It provides tourists with an experience that is both safe and rewarding (Park Victoria 2016). To ensure that commercial tour operators adhere to the provided regulations, a penalty not exceeding $5,000 is imposed on those who violate this policy. In Australia, there are approximately five hundred national parks controlled by the state, private landowners and Commonwealth. Due to the large numbers of people spending time in these protected regions, that are ecologically sensitive, there has been intense pressure on these areas. Because tourism is important in any country mainly as a source of foreign exchange, there has been a need to regulate how these areas are used and avoid depletion of the natural resources while still earning revenue from tourist (BfN 2017).
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Sustainable Management of Protected Lands 4One of the issues that has brought about the depletion of natural resources and misuse of tourism lands is; The presence of too many tourists in the same region all at the same time. This may result from the unlimited access given to commercial tourism operators. Due to a large number of people in the same area all at once, there is bound to be a need for various resources. For instance, during camping, the people will need to use water and hence go into areas where they are not supposed to in search of water (Mike 2015). Because of the tremendous population of tourists in these sites, most of the existing natural resources in these areas get damaged and are quickly depleted. The high consumption rates also disturb the ecosystem.Additionally, having too many visitors to the parks may result in other adverse effects such as erosion caused by tracks on camping areas, pollution that results from littering, as well as fires that may be from illegal campfires or cigarettes. Activities such as car rallies may contribute to the erosion of these regions. Moreover, these landscapes are not that easy to manage due to their rugged nature which is a challenge faced when managing sites visited by tourists (Cobinnah et al.2013). Therefore, it may be hard for the officials to spot people in these protected zones. In certain areas, various illegal activities happen thus leading to loss of rare species or the cultural monuments of a region. This can occur mainly in parks that are close to residential properties or areas with high proximity to urban areas (Karanth & Nepal 2012). The unauthorized activities may include; a collection of fallen timber, native plants, and bush rocks as well as poaching. The Napean park which has a great collection of plants and marine life has faced some of these problems (Mike 2015). All these illegal activities have a direct effect on the parks’ biodiversity and lower the people’s level of enjoyment.Ignorance is another factor that has led to the destruction of different species in protected lands. People lack knowledge about things that need to be protected. Therefore, when people are in
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