Eastern Geographical Review

Land Use in the Lower Meriç Basin


Marmara Üniversitesi, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, İstanbul, Türkiye


Marmara Üniversitesi, Fen- Edebiyat Fakültesi, Coğrafya Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye

Eastern Geographical Review 2022; 27: 65-78
DOI: 10.5152/EGJ.2022.22812
Read: 367 Downloads: 65 Published: 27 December 2022

The research area is in the Ergene Section of the Marmara Region, within the borders of Edirne Province. It covers the lower course of the Meriç Basin in Turkey. In an integrated land use study, phases such as the land use type of the study area, the classification of the land in terms of use capability, and the evaluation of land use are important. Therefore, examining the land use status of the relevant basin and providing suggestions for sustainable use and management by taking into account the natural environment conditions are considered among the priority objectives. Within the scope of the study, the historical development of land use was investigated. Soil and statip (detection and improvement project of problematic agricultural areas) data were analyzed using geographic information systems, and land use and land use capability distribution were examined. It is seen that agricultural areas and forests proportionally cover the largest area in the basin. For the conscious use of natural resources in developing countries, there is a need for sustainable use and management studies on a basin basis. In this context, land use was examined in terms of the sustainability of natural resources in the basin; A land use proposal has been developed in order to protect the ecological balance, eliminate existing problems, and ensure sustainable development.

Cite this article as: Kibaroğlu, Y., & Garipağaoğlu, N. (2022). Land use in the Lower Meriç Basin. Eastern Geographical Review, 27(48), 65-78.

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