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Adventure Races in Brazil: Do Stakeholders Take Conservation into Consideration?

Applied Ecology Department, University of São Paulo, Piracicaba 13416-000, Brazil
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Environments 2019, 6(7), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments6070077
Received: 13 May 2019 / Revised: 24 June 2019 / Accepted: 25 June 2019 / Published: 3 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Impact of Nature-Based Tourism)
This case study used exploratory and descriptive research to look into how stakeholders involved in the organization and practice of adventure races in Brazil perceive impacts related to this outdoor activity. Additionally, questions were posed about whether such impacts have been taken into consideration when planning these sporting events. Finally, the research aimed to understand why racers and adventure race organizers choose a certain time of year and venue to partake and organize a race: whether for more logistical purposes or also considering conservation. Online surveys were set up to target adventure race organizers, racers, and national park managers. Overall, there seems to be very little knowledge among racers and race organizers about social and environmental impacts associated with adventure races. This has led to the organization of events with very few or no specific concerns to the environment. Moreover, racers and adventure race organizers seem to perceive certain ecological issues—i.e., erosion—as challenges to the sport and not a problem to be addressed or avoided. National park managers were the group surveyed with more knowledge about the negative impacts adventure races might have on the environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: protected areas; adventure races; conservation; impacts protected areas; adventure races; conservation; impacts
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Bartoletti, C.; Magro-Lindenkamp, T.C.; Sarriés, G.A. Adventure Races in Brazil: Do Stakeholders Take Conservation into Consideration? Environments 2019, 6, 77.

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