National Parks in the midst of growing tourist number plans to review

 Saturday, February 17, 2018 


National ParksIf by any chance you’re a tramper, a hunter, a mountaineer, angler, a photographer or nature enthusiast in any way – Kiwi will listen up.

The strategy that shows how our national parks are controlled is up for review for the first time in thirteen years, and a major change could easily follow.

When half of the population at a time is worried regarding fast growing tourist numbers, this issue is being put before wildlife, and other serious problems like climate change and endangered species, the future of national parks is crucial issue to keep in mind.

As per the experts, thoughts to be considered related to park management comprise capping visitors, introducing fee system, limiting development and discontinuing the loss of “quiet places” and bringing nature first.

In a document outlining the review, the CA states: “The ‘world’ for conservation management has changed significantly since [the 2005 review]: for example, Treaty settlements are largely completed; rapid growth in tourist numbers; partnerships with business and philanthropy to attract new investment for conservation; Internet enabled technology to support improved visitor awareness and experience; and, new legislation and heightened accountability for health and safety.”

The CA says “maintaining the balance of what is ‘sacrosanct’ about national parks whilst also moving with the times and expectations of today’s (and future) society will be a challenge for the (review) committee”.

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