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IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas launches sustainable tourism guidelines 


The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) has published the latest guidelines in its well-known “best practice” series. The new guidelines aim to help protected area professionals achieve sustainable tourism. Entitled “Tourism and visitor management in protected areas: Guidelines for sustainability”, the new guidelines introduce ten principles of tourism and visitor management and provide case studies to demonstrate the ways in which sustainable tourism is being implemented in different countries.

The guidelines outline the impacts of protected area tourism and the challenges associated with making tourism and visitation in protected areas sustainable. They provide insight into how to align management objectives with tourism impacts, adapt management strategies for sustainable tourism, build capacity, and manage tourism revenues and costs for conservation benefits. They also discuss the future of tourism in protected areas.

The guidelines are the 27th volume in WCPA’s Best Practice Guidelines series, which has covered a wide range of topics in protected area management since its launch in 1998.

The complete guidelines can be downloaded here.