Slika 1: Aktivnosti, pritisci, komponente, čimbenici i pokazatelji

Figure 1: Activities, pressures, components, factors, and indicators. 

The aim of the interdisciplinary project is to improve environmental management and increase conservation and social benefits of nature protected areas. We propose to do this by developing a novel, comprehensive method of calculating carrying capacity of protected areas, and demonstrating the method for two protected areas of divergent environmental and socio-economic attributes.
Major project goals:

Primary goal of this project is to develop quantitative scientific framework for carrying capacity for tourists (CCT) assessment in Nature protected areas (NPAs) that prioritizes protection. The developed framework will be general, accounting for possible pressures of tourist activities on four components of carrying capacity: ecological, social, physical, and economic (Figure 1). Carrying capacity for tourists is the number of people that may visit a protected area during any given period, which: (i) maximizes long-term protection of the area's objective, and (ii) does not cause unacceptable decrease in the quality of visitor's satisfaction.

Secondary goal of this project is to validate the general framework. We will implement the framework and calculate CCT for two NPAs of national importance in Croatia: the National Park (NP) Krka and Park of Nature (PN) Telašćica. These NPAs are undergoing organizational changes, and are in need of decision support systems to help them implement new management strategies.

Figure 2: NP Krka

Figure 2: NP Krka

Figure 3: PN Telašćica

Figure 3: PN Telašćica

Fundamental and applied research components

Method development contributes to the body of knowledge in conservation biology, ecology, and environmental management, while planned fieldwork on visitor preferences and behavior may contribute to social sciences as well. The fundamental research will be applied to calculate the carrying capacity maximizing protection of two study areas.

Interdisciplinarity

Calculating the CCT by optimizing nature protection is an interdisciplinary effort. It utilizes:

  1. ecology and environmental methods to estimate effects of visitors and the supporting infrastructure on the environment;
  2. mathematical modeling to calculate anthropogenic effects as a function of number of visitors;
  3. geographic information system (GIS) to link all the information;
  4. social science to estimate social limits to CCT;
  5. socio-economic cost-benefit analysis.
Importance of the results

Although the main advance of the project may be theoretical, the project will have tangible effects on Croatian nature conservation efforts, tourism, and economy.

CCT calculations for NP Krka and PN Telašcica will have direct positive consequences on management of the two important areas, thus improving environmental and socio-economic benefits of the two NPAs.

For the first time, there will be a systematic, quantitative approach to calculation of maximum number of tourists that can concurrently reside in protected areas maximizing nature conservation goals. Models, methods, and information management framework resulting from this project will advance environmental science to minimize risk of economic activity in protected areas. This will help sustainable development of Croatian tourism and, therefore, Croatian economy and society as well.

Results of the project have the potential to initiate a paradigm shift in environmental management and, therefore, conservation. Environmental and socio-economic risk assessment by means of calculating the carrying capacity based on the new methods will enable creation of proactive, forward looking policy, and the ability to incorporate a-priory estimated environmental and socio-economic risks.

Other associates

Jadranka Pečar Ilić, dr.sc.

Senior Research Associate
Tel:
+385 1 456 1140
Interni broj:
1340

Tin Klanjšček, dr.sc.

Senior Research Associate
Tel:
+385 1 456 1078
Interni broj:
1670

Sunčana Geček, dr.sc.

S

G

Research Associate
Tel:
+385 1 456 1131
Interni broj:
1652

Zdenko Tkalčec, dr.sc.

Z

T

Senior Research Associate
Tel:
+385 1 456 0930
Interni broj:
1710

Jasminka Klanjšček, dr.sc.

J

K

Postdoctoral Fellow (Assistant position)
Tel:
+385 1 456 1131
Interni broj:
1652

Hrvoje Carić
Hrvoje.Caric@iztzg.hr
+385 98 760454 

Drago Maguš
Drago.Margus@npk.hr
+385 91 2254002

Zoran Ereš, dr.sc.

Z

E

Tel:
+385 1 456 1196
Interni broj:
1596

Nina Marn, dr.sc.

Research Associate
Tel:
+385 1 456 1078
Interni broj:
1670

Extended team members:

Ivica Ružić

I

R

Tel:
+385 1 456 1140
Interni broj:
1340

Sonja Nikolić, dr.sc.

S

N

Senior Scientist
Tel:
+385 1 456 1075
Interni broj:
1475

Nikolina Baković
nikolina.bakovic@telascica.hr
+385 23 377 393

This site uses cookies.

Some of these cookies are essential, while others help us improve your experience by providing insights into how the site is being used.

For more detailed information on the cookies we use, please check our Privacy Policy.

  • Necessary cookies enable core functionality. The website cannot function properly without these cookies, and can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.