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Since the present trend is environmentally concerned and sustainable development policy, thus the
concept of tourism development by Local Government of Rote Ndao should concern about that
trend. Rote Ndao Regency has an abundance of biological and non-biological natural resources,
however, in fact the people are remained living in below the poverty line, the agricultural sector
declined, the lack of cooperation among the Government, community and stakeholder, the low level
of knowledge and information of stakeholders in managing and utilizing the potential of the region
as the leading tourism sector and the increasing degradation of natural resources which are not
under control. Considering the gap, researchers interested in conducting research on the development
of area potential strategic-based ecotourism which was aimed : 1) to identify and to verify the
productivity of various commodities, horticulture agricultural integrated systems 2) streamlining
Lontar’s production system and the production of beef cattle/Buffalo and its effects on small
business/community groups 3) efficiency of the ocean and the land areas in order to maintain and
preserve the uniqueness and richness of the available ecosystem 4) to improve the understanding of
local society and stakeholders in order to have concern, responsibility and commitment to the
preservation of the environment and culture through workshop preparation about development of
ecotourism corridor in Rote Ndao Regency. This research is applied research to solve practical
problems that are classified into research development or action research using a descriptive
qualitative analysis which consists of the analysis of the potential strategic areas profile, analysis of
efficiency, analysis of promotion and analysis of ecotourism. The development model of area
potential strategic-based ecotourism used the SWOT analysis (strength, weakness, opportunity and
treat). Data analysis known that : Rote Ndao Leading Sector comprises 5 sectors namely : 1)
Agriculture 2) Plantation 3) Livestock 4) Fisheries and 5) Tourism
Keywords: development, ecotourism, potential, strategic, Rote Ndao