Tara National Park (Serbia) founded in 1981 is well known for its biodiversity and
karst landforms. However, until now, only little information has been published about
the geomorphological characteristics of Tara NP. Thus, in this paper, we demonstrate
the high geodiversity of Tara NP and we analyse the geomorphology by using both GIS
tools and field observations. Especially, the morphometrical parameters of dolines
and of the Drina river gorge are discussed in detail. A smaller part of this paper
deals with certain social characteristics of the Tara area, because we believe that
human-environment relationships are key issues in holistic geographic thinking, further
on, we recognized that many European karst areas have similar social characteristics:
depopulation, ageing and high unemployment, but there is also a potential in (geo)tourism.
The above processes and potentials are present in Tara NP as well, thus, we briefly
demonstrate the particular case of Tara NP. In some cases, nature protection and tourism
are in conflict, but both of them are important factors in sustainable development,
this is why the actual role of tourism and some karst-related touristic values (e.g.
canyoning) are also shortly demonstrated in this paper. Most stakeholders agree that
rural tourism, ecotourism and local brands can be important factors in the development
of this protected area.