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Carrying Capacity Assessment of Nature-Tourism in Ashooradeh Island, Miankaleh Biosphere Reserve, Iran
Mazdak Dorbeiki * 1, Mehrnaz Behzadnia2
1- Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Qaemshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qaemshahr, Iran , mdorbeiki@gmail.com
2- Department of the Environment, Baharan Higher Education Institute, Gorgan, Iran
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Aims and Background: Considering ecological sensitivity of Biosphere Reserves (BR) and their educational and aesthetic values and popularity for nature-tourism, the assessment of carrying capacity (CC) is important issue in tourism management and control of visitors flow in such areas. The present study addresses the CC assessment of nature-tourism in Ashooradeh Island (east of Miankeleh BR) in the north of Iran.
Methodology: Using official maps of the region and extensive field surveys, 346 ha were selected out of 456 ha of the total tourism zones in Ashooradeh as useful and usable areas for visitors. IUCN formulas were used to calculate Physical (PCC), Real (RCC), and Effective (ECC) carrying capacity which determined by ecological, social and managerial characteristics of the region. In addition, 12 limit parameters including climate, tourism infrastructure, ecological and social were applied for the exact and effective calculations.
Findings: For 346 ha of extensive and intensive tourism zones of Ashooradeh, the PCC, RCC, and ECC is 536000, 42529, and 6778 visitors per day, respectively. It is obvious that ECC is less than the others (about 16% of RCC) and presents the real number of visitors.
Conclusion: Ashooradeh has suitable potential for nature-tourism but considering its current management conditions, it is suggested that less nature tourists should visit the region. The present study can be used for environmental planning of such activities in the area; As a result, environmental and social characteristics of this important BR is protected and nature-tourism as an initiative can flourish the local economy.
Keywords: Carrying Capacity, Nature-tourism, Ahooradeh Island, Biosphere Reserve, Miankaleh
     
Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Tourism
Received: 2020/06/21 | Accepted: 2020/07/24 | Published: 2020/07/24
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Dorbeiki M, Behzadnia M. Carrying Capacity Assessment of Nature-Tourism in Ashooradeh Island, Miankaleh Biosphere Reserve, Iran. geores. 2020; 35 (3)
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