Managing tourism on Green Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: conservation, commerce and compromises

Zeppel, Heather (2011) Managing tourism on Green Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: conservation, commerce and compromises. In: Island tourism: sustainable perspectives. Ecotourism Series (8). CABI, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, pp. 38-53. ISBN 978-1-84593-679-2

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[Introduction]: This chapter reviews the environmental management of tourism on Green Island a coral cay located 45 minutes from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. This 12-hectare coral cay is the single most visited destination on the Great Barrier Reef, attracting over 350,000 visitors a year. Green Island is a designated National Park, Marine Park and Recreation Area located within the Great Barrier reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area. Since 1990, a Green Island and Reef Advisory Committee oversees tourism on the cay, with the protected areas managed by a marine park ranger of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). Private leaseholders on Green Island are the Greeen Island Resort and Marineland Melanesia, a captive wildlife attraction with sea turtles and crocodiles on display. Other marine tourism businesses on Green Island include diving, sea walking (helmet diving) and parasailing operators. The history of human and tourism use of this coral cay and former detrimental impacts is first covered. This chapter then evaluates the regulatory, physical, economic and educational strategies now used to manage tourism sustainably on Green Island. It reviews the collaboration between Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Green Island Resort and other key stakeholders on this coral cay. The chapter will describe initiatives taken since the mid-1990s to manage tourism sustainably on Green Island, including the park management plans, environmental guidelines and negotiations with traditional Aboriginal owners. This co-operative management is necessary for sustainable tourist use of this cay.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 4. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Print copy held in the USQ Library at call no. 910.684 Isl.
Depositing User: Associate Professor Heather Zeppel
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2011 01:56
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: eco-tourism; nature tourism; environmental management; island; management plans; traditional owners
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9098 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism > 909899 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19024

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