Rangelands and rural development: The case of Evros prefecture

Abstract

Rangelands are used in many countries for water supply, cattle – breeding, outdoor recreation and many other purposes related to improvement of life quality. The aim of this paper is the investigation of the attitudes of the local people in a remote rural area concerning the contribution of rangeland resources in the rural development. Our study was conducted with the use of a specially designed questionnaire and it took place in the area of Evros prefecture. The questionnaire included questions concerning items measuring various benefits and contributions in the quality of life by rangelands. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the methodology of confirmatory factor analysis. Our results showed that the latent structure of overall benefits from rangelands is strongly related to three main factors of benefits, with most important being the recreational benefits factor, as viewed by the local people.

Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Published Date: 2012
Authors: Tsiantikoudis, S.Ch.
Arabatzis, Garyfallos
Malesios, Chrysovalantis ( 0000-0003-0378-3939)
Kyriazopoulos, A.P.

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