The proper Visitor Vetting

The visitor management responsible with area manager support protected will organize a workshop with the entire team to analyze the context and potential in terms of visitation and for identifying vision and goals in visitor management. The visitor management will formulate the vision and goals to reach the clear statements to share with the rest of the team to be improved. This way visitor vetting and management will start

Definition of zoning for recreation in the protected area

This guideline proposes a specific approach to zoning in the management of recreation. Zoning for recreational activities is based on recreational opportunities that can be expressed in three main components: activities, context and experience (Spectrum of recreational opportunities – ROS).

Zoning for recreation must correspond to conservation zoning. Find out more here. Zoning for recreation should be undertaken only in those parts of the protected area where the activities of the recreation according to primary zoning for preservation. Zoning for recreation does not have to go into conflict with none of the conservation objectives. To avoid misunderstandings and confusion, it is recommended that visitor areas be named differently from the main ones for conservation. For example, it can be called Zoning for Recreation and areas can be called Zone R.

Whenever there may be conflicts between Recreation Zone and Recreation Zone preservation, conservation objectives will dictate management measures.

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Outdoor leisure activities can cover the entire palette, from low impact activities on the environment, such as hiking, admiring the landscape, bird watching, and what to do that involves easy mobility (non-motorized transport), such as canoeing, horseback riding, cycling, to lightly motorized activities using electric motor vehicles, small boats with engine, and motorized activities such as walking with motorized land vehicles. However, since we are we are in a protected area, special attention should be paid to accepting and managing certain activities of recreation with a high impact or less friendly to nature.

The context will include:

  • natural environment: degree of isolation (e.g. isolation in a pure natural environment), the location of roads or the presence of elements related to other human activities;
  • The social context related to visitor density (from solitary visitors to interaction with large groups);
  • Managerial framework reflects the size and type of interventions or restrictions on which administrator or owner has imposed on them management actions of visitors.

These major components of the Spectrum of Recreational Opportunities (ROS) lead to different recreational experiences that can be captured in Zoning for Recreation. Such a protected area can include different recreation areas (R areas), for example from an isolated, untouched natural area, an educational area or picnic area to an area where motorized activities can take place, a mild or rural area.

Every identified area can include certain types of activities and a certain context that will generate a certain experience predominance. Recreation zoning should be used as a management tool for recreation. Not necessarily all the territory of the protected area must be open for recreational activities, so that this type of zoning should not cover the whole territory of the protected area. However, sometimes zoning for recreation should extend beyond the protected area boundaries as users or the activities they carry out are related to the protected area but take place beyond the limits (e.g. a thematic path or a picnic area immediately outside the boundary of the area protected).

The Visitor Management Officer should facilitate, within a teamwork session, research of the protected area on recreational activities, context and recreational experiences possible in the protected area and identify areas of recreation. These must be marked on a sketch / map (on a flipchart sheet) and adapted to the previous zoning for preservation. General managerial intervention must be discussed and agreed with the team for each area. Check this out.

Transpose zoning for recreation into a set of operational actions for each area

Each Zone R should have associated and implemented management measures, defined as general management interventions, with the approval of the AP leadership team. It has to be granted that these interventions are fully in line with management measures for conservation.'