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Title: Natural resource management for recreation development : a methodological approach for route and viewpoint planning in Taiwan
Author: Fan, Yu-Lin
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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The objective of this study is to improve the balance between the protection of a natural resource base and recreation provision within a national park area. This management objective was accomplished with the integration of data from questionnaire surveys with regression modelling and the use of a Geographic Information System (GIS). A case study on natural resource and recreation planning was carried out in the Chitou Forest Recreation Area (which has national park status) in Taiwan. Data on the recreation preferences and demands of visitors were collected and investigated through questionnaires administered in the Park. Three areas were examined: the overall satisfaction with Park visits, the disincentives associated with crowd intensity and landscape component preferences. Visitor opinions were quantified and the relationship between variables and visitor preferences was investigated. The investigation involved the development of two regression based models, one dealing with overall satisfaction and the other with the impact of crowd intensity on visitor enjoyment. These models were combined with bio-physical and socio-economic data from the Park including recreational recourses, building costs, remoteness preferences and environmental sensitivity factors, and were utilised to plan a new path network system. GIS was used to seek the best development solution which included maximising visitor satisfaction and minimising cost (both financial and ecological). At the GIS analysis stage, IDRISI Multiple Criteria Evaluation (MCE), a decision support tool for multiple objective planning was adopted for three development scenarios designed to meet the different considerations of park management. Having identified the best potential additional viewpoints, a new pathway through these favoured areas was designed from a start point and end point which joined with the current path system. By this methodological approach, recreation preferences were quantified and integrated with GIS, and applied into recreation planning. The new pathway design met the Parks' recreation development objectives of low cost, abundant recreation resources, high satisfaction and ease of access.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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