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Comparison of AHP, network and systemic analysis methods in assessment of ecological capability in Gisum Forest Park

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Shiva Bolandraftar, Iraj Hasanzad Navroudi, Ali Reza Eslami, Hamid Reza Maskani

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Int. J. Biosci.3( 6), 157-164, June 2013

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/3.6.157-164


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Assessment of ecological capability for the reason necessary of selection and optimal exploitation of land ecological potential has been spatially important for to sustainability development. In this study to determine the ecotourism and recreational potential Gisum forest park in the Giulan Province of Iran used from three methods: Systemic Analysis Method, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Network Methods. For systemic analysis method, the ecological resources in the study area were identified. Then making integration and intelligence informational layers and analysis them in geographic information systems (GIS) to be accomplished and identified fit palaces as 2 intensive recreation zones and 1 extensive recreation zone. According to the results, the area hasn’t 1 class of intensive recreation (high potential). The area of 2 class of intensive recreation zone obtained 49.55 %, intensive of 3class with 35.9% and 1class of extensive recreation zone 14.55%. In AHP, priority to identified effective factors and then valuation criteria achieved based on pair wise comparison technique and using by Expert Choice software. As the result was evaluated 47.7% of the area with high potential and 52.3% of the area with moderated potential. In the network approach divides initially the study area into 24 networks and associated ecological resources were identified and scored based on several characteristics. In this method 20.67% of the region evaluated with high and 75.16% with well and 3.5% with moderate and 0.67% with weak potential. The results indicated that is incumbent different models are corresponded to local conditions and then used in order to maintain its effectiveness for use in different areas.


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