Monitoring Outdoor Recreation in the Nordic and Baltic Countries

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This is the final report of the project "Visitor Monitoring Methods in the Nordic and Baltic Countries". The goal of the project was to develop visitor monitoring methodologies for Nordic and Baltic land management agencies, the work of which is related to visitor management in protected and recreational areas. The report provides an overview of the visitor monitoring methods and guidelines currently available, including state-of-the-art reports and case studies from the Nordic and Baltic countries. The report concludes that there are certain common variables related to monitoring outdoor recreation that are important to all the Nordic and Baltic countries and that could be standardized. Therefore, the project group continues its work in order to produce recommendations for a common visitor monitoring methodology in protected and recreational areas in the Nordic and Baltic Countries. These recommendations will be published in the form of a Nordic-Baltic manual on visitor monitoring practices.




The manager of Estonian state forests, RMK, creates diverse opportunities for outdoor activities in 10 recreational areas. To find out the development needs and making optimum financing decisions, RMK has conducted visitor surveys in recreation areas. In 2003 the visitor survey was carried out on 9 recreational areas of RMK to establish the motivation, preferences and needs of visitors in recreational areas and to determine whether the developed facilities meet the expectations of the users. The arrangement of the visitor survey in RMK recreation areas relies on the visitor survey manual of Metsähallitus.


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