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Journal:   JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY   FALL 2006 , Volume 8 , Number 3 (30); Page(s) 61 To 70.
 
Paper: 

DETERMINATION OF RECREATIONAL VALUE OF ANZALI WETLAND USING THE TRAVEL COST METHOD

 
 
Author(s):  SAOUDI SHAHABI S.*, ESMAEILI SARI ABAS
 
* FACULTY OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BRANCH, ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY
 
Abstract: 

Anzali wetland with an area of about 200 km is situated in the southern margin of the Caspian Sea and bordered by the cities of Anzali, Rasht, Somehsara, and Rezvanshahr. It is considered as one of the important attractions of Guilan Province.
This study is to determine the recreational value of Anzali wetland using the regional travel cost method so that the results can be used as an effective tool for the planning and management of development projects.
This method is based on estimating the relationship between the number of visitors to a resort and its distance from their dwelling places and the average of their travel costs.
To this end, assuming the wetland as the center, 6 semicircles with a fixed distance of 300 km from each other were drawn so that they would cover all over the country.  Then, using a map and the existing statistics, the area and the population of any of these regions were calculated. In the next step, the socio-economic data extracted from the questionnaires completed by the visitors were analyzed. Then, considering the available data, the diagram showing the relationship between the travel cost and the number of visitors to this resort was drawn. After that, the different entrance fees were added to the total access costs, the new ratio of the visitors was obtained, and the curve of demand for Anzali wetland was drawn. Finally, by estimating the area under the demand curve, the daily recreational value of Anzali wetland was calculated to be 124,504,000 Rls., which shows the high recreational value of this wetland.
The data show that most of the visitors of Anzali Wetland are 30-39 years old and the majority of them are high-school graduates and university students. Moreover, as visitors’ income increases, they decrease in number.

 
Keyword(s): ANZALI WETLAND, EVALUATION, TRAVEL COST METHOD
 
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