A new publication describes how visitors (locals, domestic, and international) to protected areas in Norway spatially segregate based on the values they seek in the protected area. Abstract below. Full text is available here: https://www.landscapevalues.org/publications/munoz_etal_final.pdf Please consider attending/participating in the International Society for Participatory Mapping Conference to be held in Espoo, Finland June 17-19, 2019. Conference website is here: http://ispm-conference.com/ Submit a presentation abstract here: http://ispm-conference.com/abstract-submission/ The conference has a great location and the Finns are great hosts. In case you were wondering, Finland has the highest per capita consumption of coffee in the world (cold mornings?). They also are 7th highest in the consumption of alcohol per capita (long, dark winters?). Try the lakka, made from cloudberry. Is it any wonder the Finns are world leaders in participatory mapping? With all that beverage stimulation, participation comes natural. It's just a matter of putting some points on a map to go along with the conversation.
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Natural Resource Management & Environmental Sciences
California Polytechnic State University
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Identifying spatial overlap in the values of locals, domestic- and international tourists to protected areas
Nature-based tourism is increasingly encouraged to support local socioeconomic development in and around protected areas, but managing protected areas for tourism could challenge existing park uses associated with self-organized outdoor recreation and local resource use. We used a web-based Public Participatory Geographic Information System (PPGIS) to identify the most important places and values of local, domestic, and international visitors to Jotunheimen National Park and Utladalen Protected Landscape in Norway. Scenic and recreation values were prioritized by all groups, but local users mapped more values relating to hunting, fishing, gathering and cultural identity. While the three user groups overlapped in some places, we found that they self-segregated to some extent. Our study affirms the importance of spatially explicit analyses to support protected area management. Understanding the spatial distribution of values held by different user groups can aid in designing tourism management strategies that minimize intergroup conflict.