Local residents’ perspectives on the natural and cultural values in Amasra

The majority of the participants stated that urban development is incompatible with the natural and historical pattern of the city and that city walls, historic buildings and artifacts discovered in archaeological excavations are significant contributions to the historical and cultural values of the city. In addition, the state of neglect of the historical buildings of the city was as a prominent opinion. 90% of the participants stated that the natural and cultural values should be protected for sustainable tourism in Amasra (Table 7).

Percent

(%)

Whether new urban development is compatible with the natural and historical pattern of Amasra

No response

1

Yes

20

No

79

Perspectives on the city walls, historical buildings and historical artifacts discovered by the archeological excavations in Amasra

No response

2

They limit land use and building height

12

They are obstacles to urban development in Amasra

12

They are important historical and cultural values contributing to Amasra

73

Other

1

Whether it is necessary to protect the natural and cultural values of Amasra for sustainable tourism

Yes

90

No

10

Whether the historical buildings and spaces are in a state of neglect in Amasra

Yes

7

No

93

Table 7. Local residents’ perspectives on the natural and cultural values of Amasra.

The participants who indicated that the historical buildings and spaces in Amasra are in a state of neglect stated the reason as lack of local residents’ awareness regarding protection (43%), lack of interest by the authorities (23%), and insufficient financial resources (20%) (Table 8).

I.

Preference

II.

Preference

III.

Preference

Percent (%)

Factors for the neglect of historical buildings and spaces in Amasra for the participants who think that they are in a state of neglect

No response

7

41

68

Lack of local residents’ awareness regarding protection

39

21

5

Lack of interest by the authorities

43

23

7

Insufficient financial resources

11

13

20

Other

2

Table 8. Local residents’ perspectives on the cultural values of in Amasra.