Environmental Geology

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 681–686 | Cite as

Evaluation of ecotourism potential in the northern coastline of the Persian Gulf

Original Article


This research has identified areas located in the northern coastline of the Persian Gulf in the south of Iran, as strategic and ecological sites, based on tourism potential assessing criteria. To this end coastal limits were identified by satellite imagery in terms of shorelines and the maximum extent of water approach into the land and taking into consideration the characteristics of the nearby coastal villages. The studied region was then compared to similar international criteria and experiences. The original criteria were then divided into three main and four sub criteria. The Kangan region was found to have a potential for tourism industry according to the mentioned criteria. Naiband Gulf with a score of 20 was ranked first followed by Asalouyeh with a score of 18 and finally Taheri and Kangan Ports with scores of 16 and 15, respectively. With a high tourism industry potential in the studied region the necessity of ecotourism quality enhancement and environmental management planning for the northern shoreline of the Persian Gulf becomes of vital importance.


Sustainable tourism Ecology criteria Coastal area Bushehr Persian Gulf 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jafar Nouri
    • 1
  • Afshin Danehkar
    • 2
  • Rozita Sharifipour
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Public HealthMedical Sciences/University of TehranTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural ResourcesUniversity of TehranKaradjIran
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Management, Graduate School of Environment and EnergyScience and Research Campus, IAUTehranIran

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