DOI: /10.5513/JCEA01/18.3.1947

Original scientific paper

Organic agriculture as a precondition for development of eco-agrotourism on the islands - a case study of Korčula Island

2017, 18 (3)   p. 733-748

Anđelko VRSALJKO, Alka TURALIJA, Ivo GRGIĆ, MAGDALENA Zrakić

Abstract

The aim is to determine possibility of developing eco-agrotourism on the Korčula Island. Due to growing diversification within agriculture and tourism, the combination of organic agriculture and ecotourism gives a new product- eco-agrotourism, which is increasingly recognized in the world tourism. Eco-agrotourism at the highest level combines the sustainability of both activities. In addition to the mentioned it supports and protects the diversity of ecosystems, the preservation of natural landscapes; promotes biodiversity, preserves rural architecture and cultural content, encourages the promotion and sale of ecological products as well as the synergy of the economy with the environment and the growth and development of local tourism. Eco-agrotourism is an opportunity for employment of the domicile population especially young people. This is particularly pronounced in less favored areas, such as islands. The results showed that the agrotourism farm owners have the ecological awareness about the importance of nature, authenticity and origin of products through organic agriculture, which is connected with the tradition and culture of the islands, and creates a strong interaction unified in eco-agrotourism. Also, the island of Korčula has basic preconditions for the development of agrotourism, in particular eco-tourism, such as: favorable climatic and geographical conditions, attractive landscapes, specific flora and fauna, tradition of agricultural production, availability of "healthier" and quality food, but also wealth of cultural goods, way of life, various events, dialects, folklore and gastronomy.

Keywords

agrotourism, eco-agrotourism, korčula island, organic agriculture

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