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1 May 2009 Ecotourism Potential and Management of Kavak Delta (Northwest Turkey)
Hasan Özcan, Cengiz Akbulak, Abdullah Kelkit, Murat Tosunoğlu, Uysal İsmet
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Wetlands are ecosystems where a high level of biodiversity is found. Being a suitable medium for the nourishment, reproduction, and accommodation of many species of living creatures, wetlands are museums of natural riches, not only of the country where they are located but also of the whole world.

Kavak Delta, one of the most important wetlands of Turkey, with coastal dunes and halophilic vegetation as well as being on the north–south bird migration route, provides not only opportunities for coastal tourism but also offers substantial potential for ecotourism. During observations, bird species, especially of the orders Anseriformes, Falconiformes, and Charadriiformes, were identified. Some 14 orders, 39 families, and 124 bird species were spotted in the delta. Also, dune and halophilic plants constitute a rich flora in the delta.

In this study, the potential for ecotourism and opportunities for coastal tourism in the area are outlined. Within this context, besides ecotourism activities, such as bird observation, botanic tourism, and angling, the use of beaches for coastal tourism is determined. Various recommendations are made for the optimal use of all tourism opportunities detected in the delta and for enabling sustainable coastal use and management.

Hasan Özcan, Cengiz Akbulak, Abdullah Kelkit, Murat Tosunoğlu, and Uysal İsmet "Ecotourism Potential and Management of Kavak Delta (Northwest Turkey)," Journal of Coastal Research 2009(253), 781-787, (1 May 2009).
Received: 5 May 2008; Accepted: 13 August 2008; Published: 1 May 2009

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