Environmental Impacts of Second Home Development on Damash Village in Gilan Province, Iran
Negin Keshavarznia1, Rahim Sarvar2, Masud Mahdavi3
1Negin keshavarznia, Department of Geography, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
2Rahim Sarvar, Department of Geography Shahrerey Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrerey, Iran.
3Masud Mahdavi, Department of Geography, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
Manuscript received on November 28, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on December 12, 2013. | Manuscript published on December 30, 2013. | PP: 181-184 | Volume-3, Issue-2, December 2013. | Retrieval Number: B2404123213/2013©BEIESP
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Abstract: One of the most important issues which have received particular attention from geographers is examining the effects of spending times on taking vacation and tourism. This issue has led to development of second homes in rural and urban areas. Emphasizing the environmental effects of second home expansion, this research is aimed at studying the impact of such holiday homes on rural areas of Damash Village in Gilan Province, Iran. Present applied study was conducted based on descriptive- analytical methodology; also, the required data were gathered through two questionnaires, one designed for rural people (170 families) and the other for nonnative owners of second homes (60 families). The findings showed that second home development had by far much more negative impacts on rural communities were than the positive ones.
Keywords: Environmental Impact, Second home, Damash, Gilan.