Understanding the context of knowledge and values in natural resources decision making : a case study of Parks Canada's Recreational Activities Assessment framework
Young, Joey Alexander
Master of Environmental Studies
DisciplineOutdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
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The range of natural, societal and nature-human interactions of contemporary environmental management, especially for parks and protected areas, is seemingly infinite and is continually changing in scope and complexity. Although natural processes are a significant consideration toward environmental management, the field is wrought with social issues and value-based decisions being made. The development of a new Recreational Activities Assessment Framework (RAAF) by Parks Canada provided a unique opportunity to examine a formal planning process in the field of protected areas management with a working group comprised of a diverse group of agency, academic and non-governmental participants.