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Global Change and Human Impact Challenges in Managing Iconic National Parks

Citation

Carter, R. W. (Bill); Walsh, Stephen J.; Jacobson, Chris; & Miller, Marc L. (2014). Global Change and Human Impact Challenges in Managing Iconic National Parks. The George Wright Forum, 31(3), 245-255.

Abstract

Biodiversity is under increasing pressure worldwide from increasing human population, global economic and social changes, and climate change. These pressures result from the interaction between the expanding influence of humanity and ecological processes that alter the delivery of ecosystem goods and services (Dudley and Stolton 2012). Most of the world’s national parks conserve places of high biodiversity value, maintain genetic diversity, protect cultural identities, and attract visitors from around the world seeking to experience iconic species and landscapes. Concomitantly, they help safeguard against the more recently identified pressures to biodiversity. In this paper, we address some of the effects that climate change has on the human and natural components of iconic national park systems, and the effects that human interactions have on the natural component of national parks, particularly at the local level.

URL

www.georgewright.org/313carter.pdf

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2014

Journal Title

The George Wright Forum

Author(s)

Carter, R. W. (Bill)
Walsh, Stephen J.
Jacobson, Chris
Miller, Marc L.