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Journal:   RANGELAND   fall 2018 , Volume 12 , Number 3 ; Page(s) 316 To 329.
 
Paper: 

Evaluating ecotourism potential development in Dena county using multi-criteria evaluation of specific hybrid indices

 
 
Author(s):  Ghorbannia kheibari Vajihe, MIRSANJARI MIR MEHRDAD, Liaghati Hooman
 
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Abstract: 
Evaluating ecological and ecotourism capability along with proper planning can lead to sustainable utilization of natural areas. This study aimed to use five unique indicators of ecotourism including Wildlife Distribution Index (WDI), Ecotourism Attraction Index (EAI), Environmental Attraction Index (ERI), Infrastructure Facility Index (IFI), and the Ecotourism Diversity Index (EDI) to identify and prioritize potential ecotourism development in Dena County, with more than 90% of natural areas including rangelands and forests. Primary maps including altitude, habitat of wildlife, vegetation type and density, land use and land cover, slope, geographic aspect, rock and soil sensitivity to erosion, landslide and earthquake sensitivity, tourist attraction features and infrastructure along with maps of the specific hybrid indices of ecotourism potential assessment were produced in the GIS environment and classified based on the ecotourism capabilities. The relative importance of the indices on the ecotourism capability of the study area was determined using the Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP), and linear weighting method of hybrid indices. The results showed that the percentages allocated to suitable classes (S1), relatively suitable (S2), to some extent suitable (S3) and unsuitable (S4) of ecotourism development in the study area were 7, 85, 7, and 0. 001 percent respectively. Some 12400 hectare as good potential for ecotourism development distributed evenly in the study area. Very low unsuitable class of ecotourism development of the study area implies the pristine and high capacity of this area for ecotourism purposes. This result indicates investment for ecotourism improvements in this area is highly required.
 
Keyword(s): Ecotourism,Multi-criteria evaluation,Hybrid specific indices,Primary variables,Dena County
 
 
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APA: Copy

Ghorbannia kheibari, V., & MIRSANJARI, M., & Liaghati, H. (2018). Evaluating ecotourism potential development in Dena county using multi-criteria evaluation of specific hybrid indices. RANGELAND, 12(3 ), 316-329. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=657396



Vancouver: Copy

Ghorbannia kheibari Vajihe, MIRSANJARI MIR MEHRDAD, Liaghati Hooman. Evaluating ecotourism potential development in Dena county using multi-criteria evaluation of specific hybrid indices. RANGELAND. 2018 [cited 2021April20];12(3 ):316-329. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=657396



IEEE: Copy

Ghorbannia kheibari, V., MIRSANJARI, M., Liaghati, H., 2018. Evaluating ecotourism potential development in Dena county using multi-criteria evaluation of specific hybrid indices. RANGELAND, [online] 12(3 ), pp.316-329. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=657396.



 
 
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