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Wild Carpathia Future Development: From Illegal Deforestation to ORV Sustainable Recreation

Mihai Voda (), Adrian Torpan () and Lucian Moldovan ()
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Mihai Voda: Faculty of Geography, Dimitrie Cantemir University, 3-5 Bodoni Sandor, 540545 Targu Mures, Romania
Adrian Torpan: Faculty of Geography, Babes-Bolyai University, 5-7 Clinicilor, 400006 Cluj Napoca, Romania
Lucian Moldovan: Faculty of Geography, Babes-Bolyai University, 5-7 Clinicilor, 400006 Cluj Napoca, Romania

Sustainability, 2017, vol. 9, issue 12, 1-11

Abstract: Romanian Wild Carpathia constitutes the ultimate pristine wilderness of the old European continent. Carpathian Mountains landscape experiences and outdoor recreation represents quite unique cultural ecosystem services. The new annotations to the Forest Law are restricting any public access in the woods without authorities’ pre-approval for organised sport, leisure and tourism activities. However, off road vehicle (ORV) recreation is a popular activity and a growing transparency concern of National Forest Administration Authorities that is not managed accordingly. Here we show that our ORV recreation frame model can securely allow public access and protect all Romanian mountains. Our results demonstrate how growing ORV recreation popularity can be used in an honest and open way if it is well organized and controlled. We anticipate our assay to be a starting point for a regional and national forest administration sustainable development plan. Furthermore, stopping illegal forest activities is a major target of the anti-logging movement. A well-defined assay for the ORV recreation frame model will be relevant for such developments.

Keywords: Wild Carpathia; off road vehicle (ORV); recreation frame model; ecosystem services; illegal deforestation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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