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Urbani izziv Volume 20, No. 2, December 2009 : 128–135

UDK: 502.1(497-751.2)

 

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Author

Saska PETROVA

Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Institute for Environmental Studies, Prague, Czech Republic
petrova3@natur.cuni.cz

Stefan BOUZAROVSKI

University of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, United Kindgdom<br>Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Prague, Czech Republic
buzars@adf.bham.ac.uk

Martin ČIHAŘ

Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Institute for Environmental Studies, Prague, Czech Republic
mcihar@natur.cuni.cz

 

Title

Conservationist or fashionista? Urban dwellers’ expectations from national parks in the Republic of Macedonia

 

Abstract

This paper focuses on the long-standing knowledge divide regarding urban dwellers’ perceptions of, and attitudes towards, environmental management and protection in national parks in general and South Eastern Europe more specifically. The factors that lead contemporary tourists to visit such areas often remain unclear and inadequately connected to contemporary social science research. Therefore, we explore the profile and needs of urban visitors to the Pelister National Park in the Republic of Macedonia, with the aim of investigating the extent to which their motivation is driven by an intrinsic engagement with the natural features of the area itself, as opposed to a more superficial interest in its symbolic brand. The results of this paper, which lean towards the latter, emphasise the need for the development of an effective visitor management strategy as an integral part of the overall governance of national parks.

 

Key Words

nature protection, tourism, national parks, South-Eastern Europe, Macedonia

 

 

 

PUBLISHER

Urbanistični inštitut RS
Urbani izziv - Editorial Board
Trnovski pristan 2, 1000 Ljubljana, SLO

  + 386 (0)1 420 13 10
  urbani.izziv@uirs.si

ISSN

Print edition: 0353-6483
Web edition: 1855-8399

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