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Workshops

 

2017 CASIOPA NEPOSS Big Box Greenspaces Workshop

Event On: March 01, 2017

Registration Deadline: February 01, 2017

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This was quite the workshop! We had four terrific speakers/panelists and a capacity crowd of over 150 people on March 1. The topic was quite appealing to wide audience.


This workshop was designed to discuss visitor management impacted by many multitudes of visitors, especially in urban areas. Rather like a Big Box store.


This was a solution focused day – practical ideas to help you work toward solutions to the challenges of ‘Big Box Greenspace’. We dedicated the afternoon to a series of facilitate panels where delegates questioned our panel as well as provided thoughts and opinions on solutions.


The main areas discussed were:


Panel Discussion I – Tools For Assessing Visitor Use And Associated Impacts

  • How have you/your agency attempted to measure current amount of/type of use in your area?

  • Have any of you adopted any formal methodologies for assessing the ecological impacts associated from visitor use?

  • Have any of you adopted any formal methodologies for assessing the visitor experience impacts associated from visitor use?


Panel Discussion II – Tools For Managing Visitor Use Impacts

  • What strategies have you employed to mitigate the ecological impacts associated with increased visitor use?

  • What strategies have you employed to mitigate the visitor experience impacts associated with increased visitor use?

  • Have there been any strategies that have been unsuccessful? Why?


Open Discussion – Coming Together

  • What is our desired state of our managed lands?

  • How do we best coordinate our individual actions to efficiently address these challenges andopportunities?

  • How will we monitor progress?


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The first talk was on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park – by Bridget Jones, Head of Visitor Management. This massive park is near much of Scotland’s urban population so there are lots of issues that have been addressed by a multi-pronged approach to visitor management. Unlike most Canadian parks, this park has 15K people living IN it – more like a biosphere reserve so rural development is part of the mandate. One approach to development is to appeal by emphasizing local food production and consumption for visitors. Economically, the impact is 247 pounds sterling (spent by visitors – so that does not count residents). Rowdiness and littering of cheap recreation equipment is a real problem. One memorable quote was (in the Scot accent): “Sun’s oot, taps off”. Great line!