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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s20.v5005

ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT STUDY OF MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM IN THE APUSENI MOUNTAINS, ROMANIA

V. GHERASIM
Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 5, 29 - 36 pp

ABSTRACT

In the contemporary period the impact of human activities on natural ecosystems in the
mountain area is felt more strongly. As a result of irrational exploitation made over time
on natural resources either as mineral deposits, in particular, but also as various forest
species or as groundwater and surface hydrographic network, mountain landscape
presents more profound changes and with long-term environmental effects. In large
part, these situations are found in the Apuseni Mountains too, from the Romanian
Western Carpathians. In this context it should be mentioned improper exploitation of
the rich cultural heritage of these mountains until now. The fact that these mountains
ecosystem quality, already affected heavily, is currently threatned by a project of mining
exploitation of gold-silver resources at Rosia Montana based on the use of cyanide in
mineral processing which is proposed by a Canadian-Romanian company it makes
necessary to implement alternative development for the mountain area whose economic
potential is insufficiently exploited. This study aims to develop programs to monitor
interactions between human environment and the natural ecosystems, to identify
strategies for mountain areas development, an adaptive management methodology tools
in developing sustainable tourism and to contribute to a sustainable exploitation of
economic, social, cultural and natural environment of the Apuseni Mountains.

Keywords: landscape, adaptive management, sustainable development