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Eftec Economics for the Environment Consultancy Economic Impacts of Management Options for Šumava National Park Prague 20 th January 2014 Ian Dickie, eftec.

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1 eftec Economics for the Environment Consultancy Economic Impacts of Management Options for Šumava National Park Prague 20 th January 2014 Ian Dickie, eftec

2 eftec Current management vs Drafted bill with re-zoning vs Expanded wilderness zone Comparison of Scenarios

3 eftec There is a biodiversity-economy win-win possible Current management not achieving biological or economic potential Re-zoning and built development has costs that reduce its benefits: – new ski tourism at expense of lost nature-tourism – climate change and obligation to compensate for biodiversity damage could affect its profitability Expanded wilderness zone allows development of nature tourism Key differences in impacts

4 eftec Re-zoning and development benefits: – outside investors – foresters mainly from outside region – temporary construction activity – seasonal employees in skiing. Some positive impacts will arise locally, but so will negative impacts of damage to nature-tourism Location and Distribution of Impacts I

5 eftec Wilderness expansion: emphasis on range of small- scale local services Greater proportion of economic benefit stays within local area Different visitor opportunities at different times of year Location and Distribution of Impacts II

6 eftec Nature-tourism market is large, growing, competitive – Eco-tourism predicted to expand to 25% of global tourism market by 2020 (from 6% in 2010) Sumava’s Wilderness is a unique selling point (USP) – nature and economic objectives can align around an expanded wilderness area and expanded tourism activity based on it – Sumava’s wilderness is attracting increasing numbers of visitors: access points to current wilderness areas are "full" in NP. – Increasing visitor access in existing area could damage the USP – Increase visitor access requires enlarged wilderness area Potential in Nature-tourism Market

7 eftec Thank you! 20 th January 2014


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