Adopt ecotourism principles/create an ecotourism site
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Tourists may visit peatlands for many reasons e.g. hiking, biking, skiing, viewing wild animals, photography and relaxation. Tourist visits could be managed with conservation in mind: minimizing damage from tourist activities, educating both staff and visitors, and providing a financial incentive to conserve natural peatland (The International Ecotourism Society 2017). These principles could be adopted by existing tourist sites, or new ecotourism sites could be created.
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Related actions: limit damage that may arise from tourist activities (e.g. by restricting vehicle or pedestrian access to peatlands); legally protect peatlands; raise awareness amongst the public, including about how to avoid damaging peatlands.
The International Ecotourism Society (2017) What is Ecotourism? Available at http://www.ecotourism.org/what-is-ecotourism. Accessed 1 August 2017.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Peatland Conservation
Peatland Conservation - Published 2018