INTERACT Work Package 2: the Station Managers’ Forum, has published two deliverable reports. D2.12 is a “Pocket guide on how to handle effects of tourism at research stations and in adjacent local communities”. This guide is a tool seeking ways to enhance the positive interactions with tourists and prevent negative ones, illustrated with practical examples from INTERACT stations.
D2.13 is a “Pocket guide for tourist on how to behave around research station, incl. their study areas and local communities”. The guide seeks to make tourists aware of the potential benefits and harms which may occur when visiting INTERACT stations and interacting with the research and the people in the surrounding area. The guide is an awareness tool comprising four sections 1) What goes on at a research station (Science, different disciplines, instruments, plots, etc.), 2) Research stations and tourism (all stations must find a balance between science, safety, education/awareness within their own setting), 3) Impacts of tourism (Tourists can influence a research station and the surrounding area in different positive and negative ways) 4) Expected behaviour around research stations (Familiarisation with local regulations and guidelines, Be aware of the science, Be aware of local residents).
Both reports are available below, and all the other INTERACT deliverable reports are available here.