Ocena potencjału siedlisk przyrodniczych dolnośląskich obszarów Natura 2000 dla turystyki przyrodniczej
The evaluation of the natural habitats potential for nature tourism at Lower Silesian Natura 2000 sites
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Background. Nature-based tourism is becoming more and more popular. It is focused principally on natural resources, which can be found in different protected areas. One of them are the Natura 2000 sites, which constitute a key part of nature conservation in all European Union member states. The main aim of the paper was to evaluate the potential of natural habitats for nature-based tourism at Lower Silesian Natura 2000 sites. Material and methods. The main research materials are Standard Data Forms, the completion of which is obligatory for all European Natura 2000 sites. The research was conducted for 83 Lower Silesian sites. The authors took into account the types of habitats, their forms (priority or non-priority), coverage and degree of conservation. Results and conclusions. There are 2333 types of natural habitats at the analysed region. They cover 87 722.7 ha, most of which (62%) comprise forest habitats. They are mainly well (47%) and excellently (41%) conserved. There are 28 sites with the highest potential, which are situated in the Sudetes and their Foreland.
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