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Issues of empowerment of local people for Ecotourism Development: A Case Study: Shir-Ahmad wildlife refuge-Iran

Author Affiliations

  • 11 Department of Environmental Science, University of Pune, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Geography, University of Pune, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 3, Issue (8), Pages 72-76, August,22 (2014)

Abstract

The current study aims to explore the feasibility of ecotourism for development of environment of ShirAhmad wildlife refuge with empowerment of local people. The researcher found that the study region since the last decade have been facing the challenging circumstances such as drought, degradation of farm land, heat wave, pests and etc. and which have adverse impact on degradation of postural production and raise the issue of livelihood of the locals people. This situation forced them to go after illegal hunting of fauna in their wildlife and destruction of pastures. The study has pointed out that Shir Ahmad wildlife refuge has a great potential for ecotourism and can attract a lot of tourist each year who are seeking for the great feeling of being surrounded by the nature, based on its nature and existing animal species. Results of this paper are based on survey method (questionnaire). This research study revealed that the local residents have low level of education of their surrounding area. As a matter of fact studies like this in over the world revealed; ecotourism can bring wealth and different job opportunities for the resident of these regions especially local people. On the other hand it has generate positive effect on the agricultural land, reduction of animal hunting and destruction of green species in the region, while encouraging local people to protect the environment. This study revealed that the needs for more detail investigation on the nature and scope of environmental education in ShirAhmad refuge in relation to ecotourism and its results in economic development and environmental protection.

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