, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 323–330 | Cite as

Understanding the conflicting values associated with motorized recreation in protected areas

  • Cheryl Jones
  • David Newsome
  • Jim Macbeth


The International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Parks Congress in 2014 reported that the quality of management of protected areas is crucial in halting the loss of the world’s biodiversity and meeting global environmental challenges. However, increasingly high-impact activities, including motorized recreation are occurring in protected areas such as national parks, creating an ongoing clash of values and further compromising protected area management. This paper discusses the values of protected areas in the context of increasingly high-impact motorized usage, the impact of divergent values placed on green spaces such as national parks, and perceptions about these spaces. Given the changing global context of this millennium, and increasing populations requiring space for high-impact activities including motorized recreation, rethinking recreation in protected areas is needed. A protected area classification to accommodate high-impact activities away from vulnerable natural areas may assist in maintaining protected area quality.


Protected areas National parks Motorized recreation IUCN Conservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ArtsMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  2. 2.School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Environmental and Conservation SciencesMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  3. 3.School of ArtsMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia

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