Management for Sustainable Recreation
Worldwide research has shown that recreational enjoyment is essential to human health, key to human development, essential to the quality of life, reduces anti-social behaviour, builds families and communities, reduces the cost of health care, social services and policing and is a significant economic generator. In the ‘Valuing our Environment 2006’ report recreation was identified as providing approximately a quarter of the total income in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
To assist with the management and development of recreation in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park a number of projects, partnerships and processes are being used. These are described in the accompanying attachments and could be replicated in other areas of Wales assisting a national drive to manage destinations in a way that encourages sustainable economic growth. A recreation plan is a project providing and storing spatial data on recreational use, and aimed at encouraging a sustainable approach to activities are just some of the processes being used.
See exapmple for a recreation plan on Pembrokeshire Coast National Park website
Check out Wales Activity Mapping website for further information on Spatial Data
Video case study: Why has the National park Authority developed a Recreation Audit