Evaluation of the sustainable tourism potential of a protected area for landscape planning: A case study of the ancient city of Pompeipolis in Kastamonu

Çetin M.

International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, vol.22, no.6, pp.490-495, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier


From ancient civilisations to the present, the underground and aboveground sites at Pompeipolis have reflected the social, economic, and cultural characteristics of the surrounding region and been a marker of its archaeological and natural heritage. This area should be passed on to future generations of humanity; to promote the protection of this site, promotional activities should be planned that use it in the best way. In this study, I evaluate the potential for the caretakers of the ancient city of Pompeipolis within Kastamonu to establish modern conservation approaches, balance its conservation and use within the framework of cultural tourism, and determine problem areas and opportunities. This framework is intended to establish a continuity of forward-looking tourism. In the context of the Kastamonu archaeological sites and the data obtained from studies conducted in the immediate vicinity, and by evaluating research studies and the literature, I will demonstrate the problems and opportunities that may be encountered while preserving the original character of the area. This will ensure its protection, balance, and sustainability, as well as conducting landscape design and developing tourism activities in the area.