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Title: Geotourism and geoethics as support for rural development in the Knjaževac municipality, Serbia
Authors: Marjanović, Miloš
Radivojevic A.
Antić, Aleksandar
Peppoloni, Silvia
Di Capua, Giuseppe
Lazarevic J.
Marković, Rastko
Tomić, Nemanja
Langović Milićević, Ana
Langović, Zlatko
Mišić I.
Markovic, Slobodan
Issue Date: 2022
Abstract: The main goal of this study is to emphasise the geotourism potential and the values of geoethics as drivers of rural development in the territory of the Knjaževac municipality, which is one of the richest areas in Serbia in terms of geoheritage. Numerous objects of geomorphological and hydrological heritage stand out in an area of 1,202 km2. Despite this richness in geoheritage, the potential of geotourism development has been ignored by many stakeholders, and the geoheritage of this area has not been sufficiently explored and proposed for tourism purposes. This study makes an inventory of geosites in the municipality of Knjaževac. The selected sites were evaluated by applying the Modified Geosite Assessment Model to discover the most suitable geosites for future geotourism development, in order to select the geosite that possesses the greatest geotourism potential to support rural development. The results uncover information about the major areas of improvement for each evaluated geosite. Moreover, areas that demand more attention and better management in the upcoming period to become recognisable geotourism destinations were identified. It is pointed out that geoethical implications in geosite management can contribute to sustainable geoconservation in Eastern Serbia.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1515/geo-2022-0388
ISSN: 2391-5447
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85139265749
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism, Vrnjačka Banja

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