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.



Handbooks on and methods of visitor monitoring

Handbooks on visitor monitoring are not very common, and most of them come from countries other than Nordic or Baltic, particularly from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Nordic and Baltic countries have some special circumstances, and therefore one should keep in mind that the know-how of methodology is not directly transferable to Nordic and Baltic countries. One of the most significant differences is the traditional right of common access, also called Everyman’s right, which has a long tradition in the Nordic countries (Nordisk Ministerråd 1997). This short overview gives a brief look at some of the visitor monitoring manuals currently available.


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