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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.

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Reasons for carrying out visitor monitoring

All management is dependent on knowledge and information. Moreover, the better the quality of information, the better the opportunity for good management. Consequently, information on visitors to protected and recreational areas is important, since visitors have political, economic, social and ecological impacts. All managers need quantitative data on how visitation impacts the park or protected area. The national administration, politicians and non-governmental organisations also need information for decision making. (Hornback & Eagles 1999)

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