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Visitor management in Nordic national parks

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Visitor management is a key tool in improving the recreational carrying capacity of the Nordic national parks, in light of the challenges presented by growing visitor numbers and new types of visitor behaviour. A more strategic and collaborative approach to visitor management can help protect and develop national parks and their local communities in both an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way. This publication offers Nordic national park managers and national park authorities inspiration on how to improve their visitor management. It contains a collection of examples of what other national parks, within as well as outside of the Nordic countries, have done to improve their visitor management and suggests overall recommendations on how to create better visitor management within a Nordic framework. The publication is the result of a project supported by The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Terrestrial Ecosystem Group (TEG) and carried out in a partnership consisting of Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, Jotunheimen National Park in Norway and The Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark, with BARK Rådgivning as project manager.

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Site-specific guidelines and codes of conduct

Often, site-specific guidelines and codes of conduct are used in areas with a particularly vulnerable nature or cultural heritage where a certain behaviour is required in order to protect the values of the nature and the landscape. The examples in this chapter show that the impact of such guidelines increases if they are developed in close cooperation with key actors such as end users, tourism actors and researchers, each bringing their own valuable perspective on how to obtain the ideal balance between use and protection.

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