Landuse planning for Six forested catchment areas of Fars: As a guide for the Strategic Planning of Zagros Region


Six catchment areas of Fars, where belong to bioclimatic zone of
deciduous temperate forests of Palearctic Realm, first were .
surveyed, and mapped (Scale:1: 100,000). Then, after ecological
and socio economic data analysis and integration, the ecosystem
map (mapping unit) of the area was depicted (Makhdoum 1992).
The ecological capability of catchment areas for agriculture, range
management, forestry l and ecotourism was classified, and mapped.
With combination and coordination of socio economic data (e. g,
revenues, population density and trend, present landuse , and
future development trends ) with that of ecological capabilities,
optimum land uses for catchment areas were determined and
mapped. In this respect, three scenarios (man, cattle, forest),
(man, forest), and (man, forest, cattle) were examined, and
It has been argued, that the landuse planning of these catchment
areas could not sufficiently eradicate the ongoing environmental
problems of Zagros Region, unless all catchment areas of Zagros
Region are planned ccordinglY, in the context of a strategic plan.
The process of the !strategic planning of Zagros Region is
introduced in a model.