Protected Area Regulation and Tourism


Protected Area Regulation and Tourism

Science-informed Ecological Transitions

9781839107078 Edward Elgar Publishing
Valentina Dinica, Associate Professor in Public Policy and Sustainability, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Publication Date: April 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 707 8 Extent: c 288 pp
This innovative book proposes a conceptual framework to integrate the ecological and tourism aspects of Protected Area regulation, assisting decision-makers to develop contextually effective laws and management plans that avoid over-regulating or under-regulating tourism, given the areas' ecological profiles.

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This innovative book explores the evolution of ecology and how scientific advances enable the redesign of Protected Areas (PA), guided by area-specific ecological values and objectives. It argues that transitions towards science-informed integrated PA systems could contribute to safeguarding the persistence of biodiversity and socio-ecological systems.

Valentina Dinica proposes a conceptual framework to integrate the ecological and tourism aspects of PA regulation, assisting decision-makers to develop contextually-effective regulatory instruments that avoid over-/under-regulating tourism, given the PA’s ecological profiles. The framework is applied to comparatively evaluate the ecological representativeness and regulations of PA networks in New Zealand, Tasmania and Hawaii. The empirical chapters also discuss gaps and (mis-)alignments between ecology and tourism regulations, displaying outdated scientific paradigms. The book proposes a new approach to classifying PAs, to better balance human–nature relationships.

This book will be of interest to students and academics in public policy, law, ecology, environmental studies, sustainability sciences, tourism studies, political science and history of science.
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‘The development and application of the SERPAT framework introduced in this timely book provides parties with a rigorous approach for managing Protected Areas. In stressing the proportionality principle – that policy responses must be effective but reasonable – the book provides a realistic guide for policies designed to protect ecological values while enabling human-centric enjoyment of nature.’
– Arthur Grimes, Victoria University of Wellington, Australia
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