African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6688

Full Length Research Paper

Potential ecotourism in the protected area: A case study at Kazdağı (Mt. Ida), Turkey

Füsun ERDURAN*, A. Esra ÖZEL CENGÄ Z and Alper SAÄžLIK
Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Çanakkale 18 Mart, Çanakkale, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 January 2012
  •  Published: 19 March 2012

Abstract

Kazdaglari (Mount Ida) is one of the important mountain chains situated on the provincial borders of 
Çanakkale and Balikesir, on the South of Biga peninsula. Part of the region, which possesses rich 
resources in terms of natural and cultural aspects, within the borders of Edremit District of Balikesir 
Province has been announced as a “National Park”. National Park and its immediate surroundings 
demonstrate quite rapid developments for tourism perspectives because of diversity and visual value of 
natural and cultural resources owned. For this reason, prevalence of ecotourism understanding and to 
realize investments with this goal is very important for a sustainable use of resources of the National 
Park and its vicinity. In this study, the eco-tourism potentials of Pınarbaşı (Uçurumoba), Beyoba, 
Mehmetalan and Kızılkeçili villages in terms of their natural and cultural resources are determined. 
These villages in Balıkesir-Edremit are the nearest settlements to the Kazdaglari National Park entrance. 
It is determined that these settlements have the potential to meet all the needs of the users who are 
interested in the natural and rural areas and therefore head for the national park. When the area is 
opened to tourism after ensuring the development of ecotourism activities in these settlements, not 
only the natural and cultural values will be protected but the locals will also be provided with an 
alternative source of income.
Key words: Kazdaglari (Mt. Ida), ecotourism, natural and cultural environment, protection.