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Title: The nature and carrying capacity of recreation environment
Author: Yapp, G. A.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1979
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This research, by means of critical reviews of published materials and examples from Canadian systems, examines concepts of environment, recreational need, carrying capacity and systems planning which are central to the planning of park systems. Considerable attention is given to the values of the conservation movement and to the conflict between the goals of park planning authorities which are responsible for both the conservation of particular attributes of natural environment and the enhancement of opportunities for recreation in the countryside. It is suggested that the carrying capacity of a park system, and of its component parks, is related to the structure of the system and that this structure is a product of the conflicts which occur over the allocation of priorities for recreation, conservation and other competing uses of the land. Some ecological analogies are discussed and two case studies presented to emphasise the importance of competition. The first study examines the background to the proposal for a Park System for Scotland and the subsequent adjustments made to it in response to consultation with competing interests in the Scottish countryside. The second study examines the role of similar competing interests in an example of one element of the proposed park system, namely, the Pentland Hills Regional Park.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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