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Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and
Protected Areas

June 1620, 2004
Rovaniemi, Finland
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The Third International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and
Protected Areas
September 13-17, 2006
Rapperswill, Switzerland


Organizing committee

Joel Erkkonen,

Jukka Jokimäki,
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Sinikka Jortikka,
Finnish Forest Research Institute

Jari Järviluoma,
University of Lapland

Raija Kivilahti,
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Jarmo Ritalahti,
Rovaniemi Polytechnic

Tuija Sievänen,
Finnish Forest Research Institute

Seija Tuulentie,
Finnish Forest Research Institute

Eija Virtanen,
Finnish Forest Research Institute

The MMV conference provides a forum for research presentations and the exchange of information and experience of managerial policies, problems, practices and solutions regarding issues related to the monitoring and management of visitor flows in recreational and protected areas. Special interest is focused on the management of international nature tourists.

History and background
The first MMV conference was held in Vienna, Austria, in winter 2002. The growing concern about increasing recreational use of protected areas and concern about the limits of ecological carrying capacities in these areas in many parts of the world were the motives to share experiences and know-how. The first conference was a great success, and the idea of a follow-up conference was supported after Vienna conference.

Keynote speakers
  • Professor Paul Eagles, Canada: International trends in visitor and tourism management
  • Dr. David Cole, USA: Monitoring and management of recreation in protected areas: Scientific perspectives
  • Professor David Fennell, Canada: Service providers and ecotourists: Making a connection through programme planning
  • Dr. Rauno Väisänen, Finland: Visitor information needs and it’s implementation in management of recreational and protected areas: Managers’ perspectives.

  • The overall purpose of the conference is to provide an opportunity for constructive discussions on managerial policies, problems and solutions as they relate to monitoring and management of nature tourists and visitor flows in recreational and protected areas. The main focus is related to:
    1. Visitor monitoring methods
    2. Experiences of national, regional and on-site visitor inventories
    3. Visitor flow modeling and data management
    4. Visitor/User conflicts and other behavior studies
    5. Visitor information and visitor management
    6. Sustainability and carrying capacity studies in recreational settings
    7. Issues of management of international tourists
    8. Management politics and methods
    9. Nature tourism policies in recreational and protected areas
    10. Economic and social impacts of recreation and nature tourism
    Steering committee

    Dr. David Cole
    Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, United States

    Professor David Fennell
    Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Brock, University, Canada

    Dr. Wolfgang Haider
    School of Resource and Environmental Management,Simon Fraser University, Columbia, Canada

    Professor Paula Kankaanpää
    Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland

    Professor Robert E. Manning
    School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont, USA

    Dr. Andreas Muhar
    Institute for landscape architecture and landscape management, BOKU, Austria

    Dr. Ulrike Pröbstl
    TU-München, Arbeitsgruppe für Landnutzungsplanung, Germany

    Professor Jarkko Saarinen
    University of Oulu, Finland

    M.Sc. Tuija Sievänen
    Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland

    D.Soc.Sc. Seija Tuulentie
    Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland

    Dr. Rauno Väisänen
    Metsähallitus, Forest and Park Service, Finland

    Who should attend
    The conference welcomes researchers and scholars working with the topics of the conference, as well as park staff and managers dealing with visitor management in recreational and protected areas. Students of recreation and nature tourism studies are offered a special student fee.


    Paper sessions:
    There are plenary sessions with international acknowledged keynote speakers and a number of sessions for paper presentations.

    There will be a number of workshops dealing with special issues or ideas for cooperation. Topic suggestions are welcome up until April 30, 2004.

    Poster sessions:
    There are two poster sessions.

    Schedule and program
    The conference will be held on Wednesday June 16th to Sunday 20th, 2004. The program includes three days of plenary sessions, paper presentation sessions and workshops. Field trips to national parks, wilderness areas and nature tourism enterprises will be organized after the conference.

    First call for papers
    Abstracts of paper and poster presentations can be submitted related to one of the ten topics. A paper presentation is limited to 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Poster presentations will be organized in 60 minutes session, during which the authors(s) must be available for questions and discussion. Only one presentation is allowed per person. Instructions for posters are available on the conference web page or from the conference secretary.
    • Deadline for submission of abstract, December 8, 2003.
    • Notification of acceptance will be delivered by December 20, 2003.
    • Submission of full manuscript, February 28, 2004.
    Pre-registration is recommended together with submission of the abstract.
    Final registration starts in January 2004 with detailed information about payment options (credit card, bank transfer, invoice).

    The registration fee is 300 euros for early birds (by February 28) and 350 euros later. The fee includes congress proceedings, mid-congress excursion, lunches and refreshments, Arktikum museum fee. Post-conference tours are prized separately. Students and participants from Eastern Europe and Third World countries will have a reduced fee.

    Registrations should be submitted via the conference web page (Final registration) or directly to the conference secretary Ms. Eija Virtanen by e-mail or by fax +358 10 211 4401 or by mail addressed to Finnish Forest Research Institute, Rovaniemi Research Station, P.O. Box 16, FIN-96301 Rovaniemi, Finland.

    Final registration continues till May 15, 2004.

    Contacts and information
    Enquiries should be forwarded to Tuija Sievänen (, Seija Tuulentie
    ( and Eija Virtanen (

    Conference is hosted by:
    Finnish Forest Research Institute
    University of Lapland
    Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
    Rovaniemi Polytechnic
    Forest and Park Service
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