Integrating ecological management with other land and water uses: a recreation and tourism perspective on conservation
- Boffa Miskell Partners, P.O. Box 13-229, Christchurch
This paper suggests that development and conservation are not mutually exclusive. In the past decade the principles underlying conservation and development planning have converged. Examples of the integration of recreation/tourism and conservation both in New Zealand and overseas are used to highlight the opportunities that can result from development. The reasons for successes and failures are analysed. It is suggested that many problems of integration are procedural, resulting from participant attitudes and perceptions, rather than the result of ecological incompatibility.