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An outline of economic impacts of management options for Šumava National Park

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    0439570 - ÚVGZ 2015 RIV CZ eng J - Journal Article
    Dickie, I. - Whiteley, G. - Kindlmann, Pavel - Křenová, Zdeňka - Bláha, J.
    An outline of economic impacts of management options for Šumava National Park.
    European Journal of Environmental Sciences. Roč. 4, č. 1 (2014), s. 5-29. ISSN 1805-0174
    Institutional support: RVO:67179843
    Keywords : Šumava National Park * socio-economic analysis * Wild Heart of Europe
    Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour

    This analysis briefly compares the economic impacts of three potential future management scenarios for Šumava National Park (NP) in theCzech Republic: (1) continuation of current management, (2) the adoption of draft Bills that would declassify protected areas and enable developments (e.g. ski lift development) within some of the Park ’ s most valuable habitats for wildlife, and (3) the adoption of proposals to expand the wilderness area in the Park ’ s core with associated tourism opportunities. The proposals in the draft Bills have the potential to generate employment through ski lift development, but much of this activity will use imported labour and/or be short-term (e.g. associated with construction work). The financial viability of this development is uncertain for a number of reasons, including: likely requirements to compensate for damage to protected habitats, reduced future snow cover due to climate change, and competition to attract sufficient visitors to use the ski lift. The economic impacts of the adoption of the draft Bills (and, to a lesser extent, of continuing with current management) would also include negative effects on current nature tourism activity and on its long-term potential to expand.
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