The objective of the study is to provide knowledge about the effects generated by sports and recreation in high altitude mountains, to strengthen their management and decrease their undesirable impacts. The method consisted in the application of qualitative and quantitative tools: a survey to stakeholders, and an adaptation of the Leopold Matrix on trails, camps and summits in two areas for high altitude sport in the central region of Chile; on the other hand, bibliographic review allows to understand this phenomenon, and highlight the initiatives of international federations of mountain sports for better environmental management. As a conclusion of the survey, a surprising finding is that high mountain sports are perceived as innocuous activities that generate negligible impacts; on the other hand, concentration of waste, and effects of tents and improvised toilets stand out as main results from the Leopold Matrix, mainly affecting water sources and soil. This demonstrates that decision makers are not aware of the effects of mountain sports and, therefore, they are not taking appropriate measures to control them.
|Translated title of the contribution||Environmental impact generated by sports, recreation, and tourism activities in high mountain. Analysis of the mountain range of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, Chile|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nature and Landscape Conservation
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation