Application ofDPSIR Framework for Integrated EnvironmentalAssessment of UrbanAreas:ACase Study of Tehran

Document Type: Original Research Paper

10.22059/ijer.2015.917

Abstract

Investigating urban environmental conditions, informs us about the unsustainability and excessive
degradation of ecological context, which result in rising environmental concerns among the society. Classified
information about the status and trends of environmental components is needed as a rational tool to help urban
sustainable planning and SOER reports can help provide such information. Preparing the state of environment
report (SOER) for cities around the world has become a pervasive action and fortunately Tehran is among
pioneer cities in this aspect. This research is based on the results of Tehran’s second state of environment report,
in which different aspects of environmental problems are investigated in city of Tehran. The results show an
increase in environmental loads, which is evident from the rate of land cover change, water consumption and
waste production. Degradation of ecological environment in Tehran is severe for soil pollution, biodiversity loss
and climate change which can be the result of other environmental factors degradation such as air and water. In
the end, according to components of DPSIR causal chain, different responses are proposed that can serve as a
framework to develop strategies and action plans for a more efficient environmental planning of city of Tehran.
We conclude that DPSIR model can link different aspects and depict the interaction and interconnectedness of
different components of environmental issues in urban areas.

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