Awareness Research Concerning the Existence and Implications of the Avrig - Scorei - Fagaras protected Area

Author:Bratucu, G. - Dinca, M.S. - Dinca, G.
Position:Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Transilvania University of Brasov
Pages:17-24
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This article is based upon a survey conducted in the protected area of Avrig - Scorei - Fagaras from Romania. The main purpose of the article is to determine the awareness, attitudes and ways in which the inhabitants of a protected area may act towards the conservation of the area and support the community development. The research was based on a direct interview, using a questionnaire comprising ... (see full summary)

 
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Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Braşov
Series V: Economic Sciences • Vol. 7 (56) No. 2 - 2014
AWARENESS RESEARCH CONCERNING
THE EXISTENCE AND IMPLICATIONS OF
THE AVRIG – SCOREI – FGRAŞ
PROTECTED AREA
G. BRTUCU1 M. S. DINC1 G. DINC1
Abstract: This article is based upon a survey conducted in the protected
area of Avrig - Scorei - Fgraş from Romania. The main purpose of the
article is to determine the awareness, attitudes and ways in which the
inhabitants of a protected area may act towards the conservation of the area
and support the community development.
The research was based on a direct interview, using a questionnaire
comprising 20 direct questions. The sampling method was probabili stic, with
a multistage sampling, as it allows the possibility to extrapolate the results
obtained for the entire research population. The systematic error is of +/-4%.
The results showed a reduced awareness of the residents about the existence,
functioning and support of this protected area , as well as a positive approach
of the local public institutions involved in the management of the area. The
local institutions have started to enforce the rules and regulations concerning
the protection of the environment in this area, still with a long way to run,
according to the opinions of the locals, until reaching the EU standards in
this field.
Key words: protected areas, awareness, ecology, marketing, survey.
1 Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Transilvania University o f Braşov.
1. Introduction
As defined by the International Union for
the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the
protected area is a clearly defined
geographical space, recognized, dedicated
and managed through legal or other
effective means to achieve the long-term
conservation of nature with associated
ecosystem services and cultural values
(Dudley 2008). One basic objective of a
system plan for protected areas is to
effectively protect, develop and maintain
representative samples of the various
biotopes in the areas where they are
installed (Abuzinada, 2003). Indeed, the
local communities’ perceptions of the
protected areas influence the kinds of
interactions people have with them, and
thereby conservation effectiveness
(Allendorf et al. 2006; Ormsby and Kaplin
2005; Ramakrishnan 2007). Their
perceptions of protected a reas management
also play an important role in their
attitudes towards them (Alexander 2000;
Adams and Hulme 2001; Holmes 2003;
Picard 2003; McClanahan et al. 2005;
Ormsby and Kaplin 2005). Understanding

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