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Bridging the gap between cultural practices and mainstream visitor management approaches to develop an integrated monitoring framework for Australia's northwest

Bridging the gap between cultural practices and mainstream visitor management approaches to develop an integrated monitoring framework for Australia's northwest

This project aims to develop a framework to monitor visitor impacts on cultural and natural assets in coastal northwest Australia. The transformation of cultural and spiritual Indigenous knowledge into a culturally appropriate framework, that articulates and thus enables a holistic assessment of visitor impacts, is a significant advance from current approaches based largely on biophysical indicators. This project takes a holistic approach consistent with the traditional owners’ values, beliefs and laws, while drawing on current best practice in visitor impact monitoring. It provides a management tool that contributes to the sustainability of the Kimberley coastal tourism of Western Australia.


Researchers

Dr Pascal Scherrer

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