Modeling Earth Systems and Environment

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 1503–1513 | Cite as

A model for evaluating a greenbelt planning in the city of Qazvin (Iran) using MICMAC method

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This paper addresses a model for evaluating land use suitability in the city of Qazvin, Iran. It considers greenbelt was an opportunity to increase the ecological performance and the quality of life in the city. Existing traditional orchards and a Forest Park that could be part of a sub-natural greenbelt, but the weak structure of the local management and poor applied information technologies are jeopardising any opportunity to create a greenbelt programme. In this regard, MICMAC and GIS techniques are considered to provide sounds arguments for a greenbelt planning in the city. This was carried out through a hybrid method with statistical and spatial analysis. The results revealed that a greenbelt would be spatially corresponded to the existing traditional orchards and the Forest Park with an overlapping of 40%. Hence, Qazvin has a good opportunity to plan a suitable greenbelt, as a measure to control the course of a rapid urban sprawl. Based on the evidences gathered in Qazvin, a conceptual model for planning greenbelts is proposed.


Greenbelt planning Land suitability evaluation MICMAC method Geographic information system Qazvin city 



We thank anonymous reviewers for technical suggestions on data interpretations.

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This study was not funded by any grant.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban PlanningUniversidade Lusófona de Humanidades e TecnologiasLisbonPortugal

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