Value of SA's parks

Value of SA’s parks

Our state’s parks and reserves are cen­tral to the lives of South Aus­tralians and the expe­ri­ence of our vis­i­tors. These spe­cial places are not only spec­tac­u­lar des­ti­na­tions, but are the cor­ner­stone of con­serv­ing our state’s bio­di­ver­si­ty. They bol­ster region­al economies and help to make South Aus­tralia great.

South Aus­tralia has com­plet­ed a study into the eco­nom­ic val­ue of SA’s nation­al parks and reserves. The report quan­ti­fies, for the first time, how South Australia’s nation­al parks and reserves con­tribute to our economy. 

The inno­v­a­tive study used real vis­i­tor data and con­tem­po­rary eco­nom­ic analy­ses to deter­mine the eco­nom­ic val­ue of nature-based tourism in the state’s parks and reserves. This work pro­vides South Aus­tralia with valu­able insights and will enable us to track that eco­nom­ic con­tri­bu­tion in future years. 

Read the findings: 

See the sup­port­ing tech­ni­cal information:

This study was a col­lab­o­ra­tion between the Depart­ment for Envi­ron­ment and Water and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Adelaide’s Cen­tre for Glob­al Food and Resources, School of Eco­nom­ics and Pub­lic Policy. 

The study was peer reviewed by Hon­orary Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Queens­land Thi­lak Mallawaarachchi

Fur­ther studies 

The study pro­vides both an indica­tive and con­ser­v­a­tive esti­mate of the eco­nom­ic val­ue of South Australia’s parks from nature-based tourism – but we know these ben­e­fits are only part of the story. 

South Australia’s nation­al parks pro­vide mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits beyond the nature-based tourism eco­nom­ic val­ue. Future stud­ies will inves­ti­gate the con­tri­bu­tion of health, well­be­ing and ecosys­tem ben­e­fits that sup­port social, envi­ron­men­tal and eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty for South Australians.