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The Development Of Ecotourism In Protected Areas Study Case: Comana National Park


  • Alina-Gabriela Neacsu
  • Patricia Dodu

    (Romanian American University)


It has been proven in the last years, that integrating the ecotourism as an instrument of sustainable development of protected areas represent a beneficial method in the management of the latter, including results regarding the economic prosperity of the local communities, besides important results obtained at the level of protection and conservation of concerned areas generated by tourism revenues. In other words, additionally to a positive environmental impact, the proper handle of ecotourism, generates direct effects on the economic progress, education and the perception regarding the identity of surrounding communities, creating interdependence win-win relationships between the protected area and the inhabitants. In Romania, a country with a high ecotouristic potential, the official steps taken by the authorities in implementing this form of tourism either are delayed, or have been adopted in a declarative way, which is why Romania has only two declared destinations of ecotourism. Comana National Park is a treasure on the Romanian land, with a rare biological diversity, fully deserving the title of “The second Romanian Danube Delta” and the enrolment on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Comana National Park case, in which the ecotourism expansion strategy has obvious lacks respecting a practical point of view, is one of the protected areas in which ecotourism may become a real balance factor among conservation and sustainable economic evolution.

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  • Alina-Gabriela Neacsu & Patricia Dodu, 2018. "The Development Of Ecotourism In Protected Areas Study Case: Comana National Park," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 13(3), pages 7-18, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:13:y:2018:i:3:p:7-18

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