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La valorisation du patrimoine endokarstique libanais

Abstract : In this study of endokarstic heritage development in Lebanon, we have two kinds of objectives. First, we have to understand the concept of heritage development in general and the development of endokarstic heritage in particular, and then, to put forth a method of development that takes into account the two fundamental aspects that may seem antagonistic at first: the development of tourism on one hand and the respect of the milieu as a scientific and natural entity to be preserved on the other hand.

In view of devising a method of development that can be applied within the Lebanese framework, aiming at protecting the endokarstic sites, two complementary research axes that are essential for putting forth a method of development had to be made available:

- A study of the Lebanese endokarstic sites having the most important tourist potential, where four sites were taken into consideration: Jeita (the only Lebanese grotto which has already been fit out and promoted as a tourist attraction), Nabaa Al-Chataoui, Nabaa Al-Maghara and Er-Roueiss;
- Understanding the perceptions of the Lebanese with regard to their different heritage resources, endokarst in particular, by carrying out surveys among the Lebanese population and interviewing forces in charge of tourist facilities.

The method of development of the endokarstic heritage, presented at the end of this study, draws up a course of action, with several successive phases, taking into consideration all the factors deemed necessary for sustainable tourism, whether such factors are environmental, economic or social. This allowed the evaluation of the works promoting tourism, carried out in Jeita, as well as the study of the conditions that are necessary for the potential development of the three other sites under study. Several courses of action were put forth in view of making these indispensable conditions available and that in every approach made for promoting the grottos.

This research constitutes a first national step towards a neglected heritage phenomenon and devises a method of heritage development that is applicable in this country. All the acquired information can be used in the framework of developing karstic sites.
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Laudy Doumit. La valorisation du patrimoine endokarstique libanais. Géographie. Université de Savoie; Université Saint-Joseph, Beyrouth, 2007. Français. ⟨tel-00273992⟩



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