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Lake Gahar Basin: Environmentally Potential for Focused Ecotourism

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Payam-e-Noor University, IRAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (9), Pages 6-12, September,2 (2012)

Abstract

Development of ecotourism industry is considered an economic endeavor leading to new job opportunities, community income increase, and, eventually, renewal of social structures of a territory. The present study aimed to examine the positive and negative consequences of ecotourism in Lake Gahar basin surrounded by Mount Oshtoran to prevent any problem that defective planning might create. Rooted in the principles of environmental planning, the study demanded a proper understanding of the current situation in Lake Gahar basin. The overlay method was, therefore, utilized to do the land unit mapping as well as the focused ecotourism; the method also helped the researcher make the conservation zoning map of the area. Data analysis revealed the existence of a lake with its cultural and natural attractions played a crucial role in developing the sector. It also implied authorities were responsible for creating balance between tourism and ecosystem preservation regarding the probable side-effects of this leisure industry.

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