The extensive use of outdoor recreational attractions based in natural areas has resulted in raised negative environmental and social impacts. Using local instances of outdoor recreation attractions, discuss to which extent you believe that the problems of overuse, user conflict and unsuitable visitor behaviour can damage these sites.
a) Debate the dissimilarities and similarities between the concepts of leisure, recreation.
b) Discuss and describe the economic benefits of outdoor recreation.
Identify one outdoor recreation activity of specific significance to you and discuss the following:
a) The factors that motivate you to participate in this activity.
b) The barriers which might prevent other individuals from participating in this outdoor recreation activity.
Nature-based outdoor recreation attractions are frequently marketed as ecotourism activities. However, it is argued that to date, these marketing efforts have been towards advancing the economic objectives generated by the activities rather than conservation. To which extent do you agree that outdoor recreation activities are truly ecotourism activities? Provide instances to support your answer.
The Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) provides a framework which is helpful in planning and providing environmentally sustainable outdoor recreation activities.
a) Illustrate out the classes of the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum.
b) Using the ROS, describe the factors that management should consider in provision of environmentally sustainable outdoor recreation.