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Besucher:innenmonitoring Jungfrau-Aletsch

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The project comprises application-oriented research and development work for the establishment of a visitor monitoring concept for the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch area, as well as subsequent advisory activities for the implementation of the monitoring and the development of a visitor management concept.

Visitor monitoring provides objective data that can be used to make and implement needs-based and targeted decisions and measures for sustainable development in the area of visitors. This knowledge is indispensable for visitor management. The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Foundation (SAJA) has therefore commissioned the Environmental Planning Research Group of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) to draw up a visitor monitoring concept as a first step. The concept presents the principles, the benefits and the goals of visitor monitoring. In addition, possible sources for obtaining key figures on the number of visitors in the entire perimeter are explained and 14 different focus areas are selected as a matter of priority. These cover the diversity of the SAJA in terms of natural values and intensities of use and are also spatially distributed in a balanced manner throughout the perimeter.

The prioritised focus areas are described in draft fact sheets, in which the areas are characterised and possible parameters for recording visitor numbers, recreational activities and possible conflicts are described. In addition, recommendations for the evaluation of the parameters are made and contact persons for the focus areas are named.