American Journal of Applied Sciences

Ecotourism Development in Recreational Forest Areas

Md. Anowar Hossain Bhuiyan, Chamhuri Siwar, Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail and Rabiul Islam

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2011.1116.1121

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 8, Issue 11

Pages 1116-1121

Abstract

Problem statement: This study explored the issues and strategies of ecotourism development in recreational forest areas of Malaysia. There are a number of forest recreational areas and reserves. The recreation forests are designated and managed under the forestry department. These recreational areas of scenic beauty comprise about 0.05% of the total forest reserves in Peninsular Malaysia. Ecotourism should be set in natural areas with special biological, ecological, or cultural interest. Objective: The aim of this study was to illustrate the potentiality to develop ecotourism in the recreational forests of ECER, especially in Sekayu recreational forest area. Approach: The data for analysis was obtained from the secondary sources. Results: The study showed that there was opportunities and potentialities in the recreational forests of ECER for ecotourism development. These was suitable location, availabilities of recreational forests, attractive natural beauty, pollution free environment, limited natural disaster and infrastructure development. There was some strategiesecological integrity, tourism urbanization, forest tourism development, government role and tour operator initiatives could be followed for ecotourism development in the recreational forests of this region. Conclusion: Appropriate policy, initiative and tourism development activities can be ensured ecotourism development in the recreational forests of Malaysia as well as ECER. In Sekayu, community participation must be increased for the sustainable ecotourism development in the forest.

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© 2011 Md. Anowar Hossain Bhuiyan, Chamhuri Siwar, Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail and Rabiul Islam. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.