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Heemskerk M.,GOMIAM Research Initiative | Duijves C.,GOMIAM Research Initiative | Pinas M.,Ministry of Regional Development
Society and Natural Resources | Year: 2014

This article evaluates recent changes in gold-mining policies in Suriname, focusing on the contrasting perceptions about these policies by the government and small-scale gold miners. The data illustrate that distrust, which is constructed by history and culture, shapes perceptions about what are fair and effective regulations when it comes to access to, and control over, mineral resources. Yet distrust not only exists between the national government and local gold miners, it also weakens strategic positioning and decision making within these groups. The researchers argue that while effective regulation of the gold sector requires that government officials make an effort to establish trust with their constituents, it is as important that gold miners work on becoming trustworthy partners in dialogue and interventions for the government. It is concluded that trust is a process, and particularly in small-scale societies such as Suriname, this process needs to start with building interpersonal trust. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Spanou S.,University of Patras | Tsegenidi K.,Ministry of Regional Development | Georgiadis T.,University of Patras
International Journal of Environmental Research | Year: 2012

Visitor management is considered important for the sustainable development of protected areas as the presence of visitors may cause negative impacts on wildlife and vegetation. Within this framework, visitor impacts and perceptions are considered critical for decision-making and planning of future management regimes. This paper resumes opinions of visitors of the Valley of Butterflies in Rhodes Island, Greece, a very popular tourist destination in both national and international level, with more than 300,000 visitors per year. These opinions record perceptions on the environmental impacts of eco-tourism in the Valley and are necessary for the formulation and implementation of a visitor management strategy in the area. Descriptive statistics are estimated, as well as a probit model exploring factors affecting visitors' satisfaction. Results call for more information and education of the visitors about the Valley's conservation and ecological value, better facilities and services provided, site hardening and a better policy of prices. Source

Jaczewski L.,Ministry of Regional Development | Zabierowski W.,Technical University of Lodz | Napieralski A.,Technical University of Lodz
Modern Problems of Radio Engineering, Telecommunications and Computer Science - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference, TCSET'2012 | Year: 2012

The article presents the result of research of an exemplary website concerning Polish Angling Association. The whole project is based on the free web technologies. The site enables anglers and active workers of angling area as well as members of the Polish Angling Association, a quick access to information concerning current activity of angling area. The site facilitates access to statistics including the data that concerns fishing in basins as well as inspections of restocked water bodies in the angling area. © 2012 Lviv Polytechnic Natl Univ. Source

Pirc A.,University of Zagreb | Motik D.,University of Zagreb | Moro M.,University of Zagreb | Posavec S.,University of Zagreb | Kopljar A.,Ministry of Regional Development
Drvna Industrija | Year: 2010

Wood processing and furniture manufacture in the Republic of Croatia have been developed on high quality forest raw material, and their activities are based on the use of forest raw material, long wood-processing tradition and good quality of human resources. Therefore, this is an important economic segment of the country. However, due to global economic trends, and also due to inadequately developed and low production effi- ciency, insufficient use of capacities and underdeveloped production of higher processing stages, the total income of the industrial wood processing is relatively low with respect to the potential of raw materials. It is, therefore, important to determine the position of the sector with the focus on market research. For this reason, the analysis was conducted and comparison made between certain market indicators such as production, exports, imports, consumption, and sales share of Croatian manufacturers, wood processing (DD 20) and furniture manufacture (DN 36), in the domestic market. In the observed period, an increasing trend was recorded of the production of other wood products and furniture manufacture, in favor of production of other wood products. From 2000 to the end of 2008 export values of other wood products were higher in relation to furniture export values, while in the field of import determinant values reversed. In the observed period, product sales of Croatian manufacturers in sectors DD 20 and DN 36 in the domestic market were variable. Source

Peric I.,University of Zagreb | Moro M.,University of Zagreb | Barcic A.P.,University of Zagreb | Ojurovic R.,Ministry of Regional Development | Grladinovic T.,University of Zagreb
22nd International Scientific Conference: Wood is Good - EU Preaccession Challenges of the Sector, Proceedings | Year: 2011

The results of the reviewed and analysed questionnaires completed by wood processing and furniture manufacturing companies outline the current state and point to the future needs for knowledge with respect to the types, trends and amount of investments. Priority measures to increase competitiveness include the following: raising the general education level, in particular education of employees for specific business and production needs, systematic implementation of activities aimed at improvement of necessary knowledge and skills, creating a stimulating environment for the development and implementation of innovations, as well as establishing stronger and more stable relationships with scientific institutions. Source

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