Bethany White 14468477
Managing the Environment for Tourism and Events
Critically examine the extent to which venues and facilities are making efforts to mitigate environmental impacts.
Martin Elliot-White/Chris Phelan Word Count:1830
Mitigation refers to the reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases (Unep.org, 2015), which effect the environment, this can be achieved in several ways, such as reducing waste left after festivals or using renewable energy. These aspects will be discussed in more detail during this assignment, as ...view middle of the document...
To implement this methodology, tourism and event managers must consult with stakeholders to determine what the acceptable conditions of a site should be, set indicators and standards related to the amount of change that stakeholders think to be unacceptable in each site, and continually asses the effects visitaion is having upon the standards previously determined. If an indicator goes over the agreed acceptability threshold, then management must take action to mitigate any negative impacts (National Marine Sanctuary, 2003). LAC can be used to measure whether environmental impacts should be mitigated or whether there is no current need for change, and if there is need for change in order to mitigate environmental impacts what specifically needs to be done in order to be succesful with the mitigation.
One environmental impact that can be mitigated within events especially, is noise pollution, this is when unwanted noise interferes with daily activities such as sleeping, conversation or causes negative impacts to the quality of someones life (Eschooltoday.com, 2015). There are three levels of observed effect that can be used to measure whether noise is considered as pollution, these are ‘Significant observed adverse effect level’, this is when the level of noise exposure directly affects health and quality of life, ‘Lowest observed adverse effect level’, this is when the level of noise can be detected but not directly affect health and quality of life, and ‘No observed effect level’, this is where there is no effect at all on health and quality of life (Planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk, 2014). In general, the adverse effects of noise can be mitigated by one of four broad types, engineering: by reducing or containing the noise generated at the source, layout: enhancing the distance between the source of the noise and the noise-senstive receptor or by using natural or purpose built barriers to minimise the noise, planning conditions and obligations: restrict activities allowed on site that could cause noise pollution or ‘specifying permissible noise levels differentiating as appropriate between different times of day’ (Planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk, 2014), and mitigating the impact on the areas which are more likely to be affected by noise including through noise insulation. If venues and facilities consider these factors when planning an event then environmental issues that are related to noise can be mitigated, which will result in less issues relating to noise, such as people complaining and then the event organisers having to deal with legal issues that could be associated with the noise issues.
Waste pollution is a common issue, especially within events such as festivals, although some would argue that a festival isn’t held in a venue, the area which it takes part in would be considered as the venue, when attendees leave the festival, the waste from the duration is often left behind, along with tents and any other unwanted...