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Successfully developing and maintaining an area of natural scenic beauty and amenity as a tourist resource, so as to maximise the benefits from it, Involves many conflicts how do you agree with this statement?

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Successfully developing and maintaining an area of natural scenic beauty and amenity as a tourist resource, so as to maximise the benefits from it, Involves many conflicts how do you agree with this statement? Natural beauty and wilderness can be found in very few places that are undisturbed within the modern western world. As such any sites that display natural beauty become havens for tourists and visitors who wish to relax or use outdoor pursuits. As more visitors flock to these natural "honey pots" they become under strain and as such many features of the environment suffer and may require management to reduce any rate of decay or to let the area recover. Though these problems are not only faced by the developed world but also areas of outstanding natural beauty in the less economically developed world. Not only do people come to visit areas such as arches national park in America but they also come to use amenities such as water sports such as those on Loch Lomond Scotland. Tourism depends greatly upon primary resources of outstanding natural beauty as it generates a vast amount of income that normally is fed straight into the local economy instead of being diverted like with the mass tourism that is normally found on the coast. Though with this demand for tourism many conflicts can occur. These can be between tourists, locals, farmers, the employed, the local council, environment agencies and groups as well as national park protection schemes. ...read more.

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Footpath management is now emplace, this means that footpaths are now clearly defined and soak away ditches running across the paths have been emplaced made of rock. As well as rock paths and layered stones on steeper paths so that the soil underneath is not removed. These new techniques have worked very well. At present there is still a conflict between the two tourist and lake user groups. One group is happy with the ban whereas the other wishes the lake to have the speed limit lifted. Though this is not a scenario that will be accepted by the national park which has the larges majority and therefore make overall decisions. Arches national park in America is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is found in North America where these sorts of attractions attract visitors from all over the world. The park its elf contains over 17 large arches and is set out by a series of roads and paths for different types of users. Until recently arches national park was supplying for a demand far over what could be expected and that of which it could provide for. Various amounts of damage where caused including soil erosion due to trampling by walkers, damage to the arches by high visitor numbers touching and climbing the arches, traffic congestion, cars parking on areas of specialist interest, overcrowding and 4by4's destroying the vegetation. As such something had to be done. ...read more.

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As the demands for visiting the Antarctic grow and mineral resources and food sources around the world deplete the Antarctic maybe a place that will be exploited. Although if the current 50 year treaty is extended this may never happen and would save the number one wonder of the natural world. In conclusion I feel that there will always be conflicts between those who wish to exploit an area for its raw resources and those who wish to view and work with the resources. Though as world acceptation grows that we must save our habitats and ecosystems I feel more will be done such as the Kyoto agreement and protecting wildlife. I feel that future management strategies will include banning all motorised water sports on lakes in the United Kingdom and moving such sports to man made areas such as reservoirs where disturbing factors can be minimized. Wardens will also become more apparent in all national parks and heavier bans maybe emplaced on people who damage the environment. After looking through all these case studies I can come to an idea that the way in which the national parks of the future will be protected is by the learning of the damage that is caused by visitors, and as such they will feel obliged to keep the areas in good condition so that many more can appreciate them. After saying that I still do feel that vats amounts of capital are required for upkeep and of which more will need to come from tourists. As such we may see memberships and tariffs enforced as compulsory charges to all national parks worldwide. 1 ...read more.

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