Braşov, 6. November 2013 - 40 international and Romanian experts in ecotourism signed a letter supporting sustainable development through ecotourism in Rosia Montana.
We, as experts in ecotourism, nature conservation and local sustainable development, considering that Roşia Montană area in Apuseni Mountains faces the risk of irreversible destruction because of a mining project we want to show our support regarding the option of alternative development in the area. We believe that ecotourism is a viable solution in the area`s natural and cultural context and it can generate a substantial social impact (job opportunities), as well as an economic impact (direct and indirect income to the local economy) without destroying the natural and cultural resources. The efficiency of the ecotourism development model is shown by the success of various ecotourism destinations at global and European level.
Anchor We consider appropriate for the area development through ecotourism option to be concreted by the adoption of the existing General Urban Plan (GUP) of Roşia Montană commune to a specific modern concept of sustainable development that can provide the development of ecotourism activities, including agricultural and related services.
In this context, we urge the Romanian authorities to consider these options for sustainable development instead of Roşia Montană mining project, by creating and further implementing a development strategy based on ecotourism, and once more the protection of the area’s natural and cultural resources, at European level.
The signatories are part of the following organizations: WWF – Danube Carpathian Program, Ecotourism Norway, Estonian Ecotourism Association, Ecotourism Ireland, ECEAT-Projects - European Centre for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism, BirdLife Belarus, Ecotrans, EUROPARC Federation, Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE), Polish Tourism Organization, Estonian Tourism Board, Estonian University of Life Sciences or Edinburgh Napier University.