Sustainability of urban coastal area management: A case study on Cide

Çetin M.

Journal of Sustainable Forestry, vol.35, no.7, pp.527-541, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10549811.2016.1228072
  • Journal Name: Journal of Sustainable Forestry
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.527-541
  • Keywords: Cide, coastal area management, environmental change, sustainability, urban coastal area management
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: No


The coast along an urban area, when it is healthy, can play a role in the city, affecting the urban identity, enriching the visual aspects of life there, and overall affecting the quality of life in a positive way. Management and planning recommendations for the coast of Cide are presented. Cide is feeling the effects of rapid changes in land use. Studies conducted with geographic information systems (GISs) in order to analyze this process have shown that the natural structure of the user area of a coast changes over time. In particular, change manifests itself in an increase in construction, forests, and people living there. As for coastal planning, research priorities in the Cide coastal area, including some external environmental factors such as the social and economic factors affecting coastal development, were investigated. A method based on land use classification has been developed in the GIS environment. The data were supported by surveys conducted with residents. Based on the GIS results, Cide’s valuable agricultural land in coastal sand dune fields and forests have been determined; that the dominant type of land use in the study includes 3,336 ha of forest, accounting for 74% of the total area.