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Implications of ecotourism development in protected areas: a study from Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh

MP Rana (1)   , MSI Sohel (1), SA Mukul (2), MSH Chowdhury (3), S Akhter (1), Q Chowdhury (1), M Koike (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 23-29 (2010)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0520-003
Published: Jan 22, 2010 - Copyright © 2010 SISEF

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This article is based on visitors profile study of protected area based tourist spots of Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary (RKWS), Bangladesh to ascertain the potential of ecotourism. Study findings shows that 69% male constitute the visitors group while the maximum number of visitors was found in the age of below 30 years. Most of the visitors were literate and among them 43% visitors were student. Most (53%) of visitors preferred to get recreation in holidays as they were employed. Visitors were highly preferred to come with friends group. About 92% respondents showed positive mind to come here in future while 89% respondents view that park has tourism potential. Most of the respondents reported the presence of wildlife (48%) most notable followed by plant diversity and tribal community as recreational. From χ2 test it is found that highly significance association present between tourism potentiality of the wildlife sanctuary and some demographic variable like income of tourists (χ2 = 49.138, p < 0.000), visiting pattern (χ2 = 19.344, p < 0.000), education of tourists (χ2 = 50.226, p < 0.000), travelling distance (Km - χ2 = 11.427, p < 0.022), duration of staying (χ2 = 12.867, p < 0.002), frequency of visit (χ2 = 8.456, p < 0.015), visiting time (χ2 = 6.530, p < 0.011), problem in the study area (χ2 = 14.962, p < 0.021), occupation of tourists (χ2 = 8.848, p < 0.031). If the problems addressed by the visitors were solved, RKWS would be a bright place of eco-tourism in Bangladesh.

  Keywords


Ecotourism, Protected area, Tourism potential, Visitors, Bangladesh

Authors’ address

(1)
MP Rana
MSI Sohel
S Akhter
Q Chowdhury
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, School of Agriculture and Mineral Sciences, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet- 3114 (Bangladesh)
(2)
SA Mukul
Institutute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Dresden University of Technology, 01735 Tharandt (Germany)
(3)
MSH Chowdhury
M Koike
Forest Policy Laboratory, Department of Forest Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Shinshu University, 8304 Minamiminowa-Mura, 399-4598 Nagano-Ken (Japan)

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Citation

Rana MP, Sohel MSI, Mukul SA, Chowdhury MSH, Akhter S, Chowdhury Q, Koike M (2010). Implications of ecotourism development in protected areas: a study from Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh. iForest 3: 23-29. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0520-003

Academic Editor

Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Aug 07, 2009
Accepted: Oct 28, 2009

First online: Jan 22, 2010
Publication Date: Jan 22, 2010
Publication Time: 2.87 months

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