CONSERVATION POLICIES FOR PROTECTED AREAS (WETLANDS) IN GREECE: A SURVEY OF LOCAL RESIDENTS' ATTITUDE


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Abstract

This study was carried out in 32 communities neighbouring four Ramsar wetlands in Northern Greece. In particular, it concerns the study of local residents' attitude regarding the ways of management and exploitation of the wetlands and their sociological features, using the opinion poll method (1600 questionnaires were distributed). The aim of this investigation is the evaluation of findings for planning of effective management and conservation policy of wetlands, incorporating the opinions of local residents. Further protection of the wetlands, awareness of local residents of the value of wetlands, tourism or agriculture development (in some cases), as well as more governmental support, became obvious results from this research.

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