Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 7, Issue 2,2009
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Determination of environmentally sensitive zones along Persian Gulf coastlines through geographic information system


J. Nouri 1*, M. R. Fatemi 2, A. Danekar 3, F. G. Fahimi 1, D. Karimi 4

Recieved Date: 2009-01-09, Accepted Date: 2009-04-14


Integrated management of south coastline develops a long-term and sustainable strategy on the south coast protection regarding to sustainable development and comprehensive view through national strategies, as well as international commitments. This study was investigated to achieve the above-mentioned aims and practical plans in Hormozgan coasts in the northern of Persian Gulf. It also identified the protection and utilization of sensitive regions, sensitive amount, as well as new methods of land use and protected area maps with geographic information system. In Agenda 21 and the other Rio documents, it was also recommended to the governments to prioritize the protective measures and detections related to sensitive zones such as protected area, estuaries, mangrove forests, etc. For this purpose, eight images prepared by land set satellite and ERMAPPER software due to geometrical correction were used. Subdividing the region into 21 evaluation sub-zones and using 32 environmental sensitivity determination criterion, as well as ecological factors and existing uses based on an integrated management, monitoring process of the region has been studied. Then, each criterion was classified based on the universal experiences and with respect to the type, amount and preference of sensitive sources of coastal zone. The land use of the study area and detection of sensitive zones were outlined to address the ecological indices. The existing land is used based on integrated management of coasts, regional monitoring through field studies and data documentation. The results indicated that achieving optimum land use planning should be implemented through potential monitoring and determining the rate of sensitivity. Thus, except the protected areas, almost other coastal regions are not of great significance with regard to protection values and are classified as low to medium sensitive areas.


Sustainable development, land use, integrated management, study area, ecological factors

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2009
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Category: Environment
Pages: 718-725

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