Sustainable recreation & mobility

A cyclist in between the trees of a forest with a car road in the background in the Kaapse Bossen
A cyclist in the forest of the Kaapse Bossen. Photo: Stichting NPUH

Recreation activities add societal value to the natural and cultural-historical landscape of the NPUH. However, especially during peak season, recreational intensity is too high with possible negative effects on the area’s flora and fauna and cultural-historical heritage of the national park. This includes habitat destruction, soil compaction, noise pollution, trespassing and littering. So whilst visitors are encouraged to enjoy the NPUH, this needs to be managed in a sustainable way that creates a net benefit for humans and nature. The Research & Education Hub could provide the scientific knowledge base needed to study the effects of mobility and recreation, minimize negative impacts and promote sustainable recreation practices that prioritize the health of the environment.