The Arrábida Natural Park (ANP) is a Portuguese protected area (PA) location within the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, which has 2,5 million inhabitants. Because of the high quality of landscape, the park receives high recreational demand both during weekends and seasonally. The vulnerability of this area requires management to take proactive actions in order to anticipate the negative effects of recreational activities by estimating the carrying capacity (CC) of sites. Nowadays, the CC concept is a formal part of PAs management and since 1999 Portuguese law requires Nature Sport Charts (NSC) for all PAs to include a definition of CC for each nature-based sport. However, until now only two PAs have an approved NSC leading to a casuistry management of those areas under increasing pressure. The model approach presented in this paper aims to contribute to the definition of CC in PAs trails and thus help develop NSC by setting the CC in the Formosinho trail using biophysical and social data. The Formosinho trail is one of the most popular trails within ANP since it crosses the Serra da Arrábida at its highest point (501 meters), and leads through some of the best examples of semi-evergreen woods that give the Arrábida Biogenetic Reserve its international status.
|Name||Outdoor Recreation in Change – Current Knowledge and Future Challenges | Session 2B – Integrating outdoor recreation and nature conservation|
|Publisher||Friluftsliv i förändring|
|Conference||The 6 th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas|
|Period||1/01/12 → …|