Journal of the Bulgarian Geographical Society 45: 81-87, doi: 10.3897/jbgs.e78719
Cultural ecosystem services for development of nature-based tourism in Bulgaria
expand article infoMariyana Nikolova, Velimira Stoyanova§, Desislava Varadzhakova, Aleksandra Ravnachka
‡ National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria§ National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
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The rich and diverse Natural Heritage of Bulgaria is a prerequisite for the development of nature- based tourism (NBT) of a new type. The research is carried out by the implementation of the ecosystem approach. The results include an assessment of the natural heritage capacity to provide goods and services for the development of NBT in the Tourist Regions (TR) of Bulgaria. The results show the spatial distribution of the natural heritage sites in all nine TR in Bulgaria and their natural capacity for development of different types of NBT. There are only 37 municipalities out of 265 with not a one Natural Heritage (NH) site, and all the rest have natural resources to develop NBT. The results can be of use for the achievement of the goals for sustainable tourism by assessment of the capacity to provide recreation ecosystem services (RES).

natural heritage, protected areas, tourism regions