Site suitability evaluation for ecotourism using MCDM methods and GIS: Case study- Lorestan province, Iran – JBES

ecotourism,Ali Mahdavi, Maryam Niknejad

Department of Forest Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ilam University, Ilam, Iran

Department of Forest Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ilam University, Ilam, Iran

Key words: Ecotourism, Analytic Hierarchy Process, Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process, GIS, Iran.

Abstract

On based environment, ecotourism led to preserve the environment and on based economic, ecotourism led to dynamical economic in local association by creating a labor and an income. On this base, recognize the sufficiency and procedures of development the nature in different geographic regions were important. This study compared the two methods of GIS-based Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (FAHP) in evaluation of the ecotourism potential in Khorram-Abad country. ecotourismFirst, in this process the criteria and sub-criteria were determined and by using the Delphi technique and expert’s knowledge the weights of criteria were appointed. Then, required maps were produced and integrated with corresponding weights and ecotourism potential map of study area was produced in both methods of AHP and FAHP. The result of study showed that study area have high potential for ecotourism and in each produced map from two methods of AHP and FAHP, more than 45 percentage of study area had excellent and good classes potential.

jbes-vol4no6-p425-437Get the original articles in Source: Volume 4, Number 6, June 2014 – JBES

Journal Name: Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES)

Published By: International Network for Natural Sciences

Related Post: Sustainability assessment of an agricultural system based on environmental indicators, Khuzestan province, Iran – JBES

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