Kurdistan Region is rich with natural sites that can be used for ecotourism. These sites need to be identified and plans need to be developed to promote ecotourism activities. Ecotourism will contribute in the sustainability of natural sites, educating tourist and local people with regard to values these sites poses, and provide another source of income to the local people which in turn will contribute in improving their livelihood. This department aims at bringing in a drastic change in the attitude of the people toward the nature through providing well educated personnel to work with public and non-public agencies which have concern about nature, conducting research and cooperating with other agencies of concern in management and administration or protection of natural sites. In addition to that, this department aims at participating in exploring and preservation of the historic, folkloric and cultural heratiage of Kurdistan people. Our region is in urgent need to expertise in this new discipline to educate people, provide another source of income especially for most needy one (rural people), sustain our wealth of fauna and flora for next generations, and conserving our nature.
The Recreation & Ecotourism department is committed to academic excellence through providing high standard education, research and dissemination of knowledge about the recreation and ecotourism. It endeavor to provide the tourism sector in Kurdistan region with graduates who have the knowledge, skills and behavior required to achieve successful engagement in the recreation and ecotourism projects in competence and experience.
Making optimal use of natural resources and historical areas, maintaining and conserving cultural heritage, constitute a key element in tourism development. Guaranteeing viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic advantages from nature-based recreation and tourism to all stakeholders particularly young people, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities are important society goal.
Current Department Status
This department is established in 2014 and 48 students were enrolled for the academic year 2014-2015. It occupies, at the time being, the building it occupy contain the following facilities;
- Two lecture rooms which can accommodate for up to 50 students for each.
- Two small lecture rooms that can accommodate for up to 26 students.
- Five rooms for the head of the department, department reporter and the department staff.
At the time being, the faculty staff of this department consisted of one assistant professor, 3 lecturers, and 4 assistant lecturers, most of them are educated abroad in good scientific institutions and all of them are enthusiastic with good academic knowledge.