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Module 1: Recreation and land management

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Outdoor Education - The conflict over land

The conflicts over land

A challenge for management of resource-based recreation and tourism is the
maintenance of the quality of the resource which attracts and supports the
use. The concept of recreational carrying capacity includes an ecological
component, that is, the limits on the ability of land to withstand use
without physical or biological degradation; and a social component: the
limits of crowding which maintain the quality of the recreational
experience. The acceptable limits should be determined by a combination of
management philosophy and public involvement.

The conflicts over land use are complex and endless. Natural resource
depletion is now one of the most serious problems in Australia. The issues
involved are:

* water scarcity

* loss of agricultural land because of salination, desertification or
urbanisation

* soil erosion and exploitation of soils

* ocean fisheries depletion

* plant and animal species loss

* energy scarcity

* critical materials scarcity

* damage to the marine environment (including oil spills, ocean dumping
and ocean mining)

* loss of tropical rainforest

* degradation of coastal areas

* loss of wetlands

* degradation of wilderness areas, parks and wild scenic rivers.

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