University of Oulu

Miisa Pietilä & Nora Fagerholm (2019) A management perspective to using Public Participation GIS in planning for visitor use in national parks, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62:7, 1133-1148, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2018.1473757

A management perspective to using Public Participation GIS in planning for visitor use in national parks

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Author: Pietilä, Miisa1; Fagerholm, Nora2,3
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
2Department of Geography and Geology, University of Turku, Finland
3Department of Built Environment, Aalto University, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.7 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-09-13


Academics have frequently used and endorsed the Public Participation Geographic Information System (PPGIS) approach for national park management. However, it is only minimally used by public agencies such as national park organisations. This study explores the potential that managers of Finnish national parks see in the PPGIS approach in the context of planning for the visitor use of parks. Ten semi-structured interviews with managers of Parks and Wildlife Finland were conducted. The managers perceived that PPGIS could help in optimising site management, and preferred PPGIS studies that are practical and clearly connected to planning site management actions. They envisioned a mobile phone application that would allow mapping visitor experiences on the spot. Overall, the managers were open to adopting place-based planning practices. The study increases the understanding of public agencies’ views towards PPGIS. It also produces practical information for conducting PPGIS case studies as well as for integrating PPGIS tools into planning processes.

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Series: Journal of environmental planning and management
ISSN: 0964-0568
ISSN-E: 1360-0559
ISSN-L: 0964-0568
Volume: 62
Issue: 7
Pages: 1133 - 1148
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2018.1473757
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of environmental planning and management on 23 May 2018, available online: