Introduction Recreational use of protected areas (PA) is increasing worldwide demanding for better knowledge and strategies in order to fulfil the mission of these territories regarding their conservation objectives and social and economic goals. A common strategy that usually results in less management and user conflicts offers a network of recreational facilities, normally through trails or footpaths and interpretation centres, but not all recreational or PAs are equipped with these facilities. In those cases with special emphasis on areas close to or within large residential areas, informal use may expand to the whole territory. Even where a good network of suitable trails for recreational activities exists, informal use can easily lead to conflicts. Profiling user’s preferences might help managers and decision makers design a proper offer of outdoor activities. Knowing what people like to do could avoid strategic errors, by offering to local users and visitors the minim satisfaction regarding their motivations and expectations. Nogueira Mendes et al (2012) used a webshare service to collect data regarding spatial use of Mountain Biking (MTB) on Arrrábida Natural Park (PNArr) in Portugal, suggesting further work to test if these web resources could be used to monitor recreational activities within protected areas. This study intends to test if this Voluntary Geographical Data could be used to profile average bikers preferences in order to better understand and better manage MTB within these territories.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas|
|Editors||Mart Reimann, Kalev Sepp, Erkki Pärna, Reeda Tuula|
|Place of Publication||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|