Evaluating and Assessing Sustainability of Border Cities (Case study: border city: Baneh)

Reza Mokhtari Malek-Abadi, Esmaeel Aliakbari, Bakhtiar Khosravi


Every city, according to its effectiveness of local and global forces, needs to develop local strategies for sustainable urban development to meet its environmental conditions and its economic and social organization. In the meantime, border cities based on its specific position and function is kind of cities that both groups of local and global forces have effects on its sustainability, because on the one hand these cities like other cities affected by natural conditions, social relationships between citizenships, relationships with their surrounding settlements and it also has a function and a role in own international economic and political system, and on the other hand due to its border position, is influenced by international and even economic, political, social, and environmental development and process. Therefore, the issue of sustainability in these cities is much more important and more challenging than many other cities. Accordingly, the main issue of this research is based on sustainability of border cities and it also suggested required strategies to achieve sustainability in these cities. To address this problem, in this paper using descriptive-analytical method and using some methods as model of Prescott Allen’s sustainability barometer in assessing sustainability of border cities, numerical taxonomy method, method of strategic planning and statistical tests based on SPSS software to evaluate sustainability in border cities was dealt.


border cities, sustainability, Baneh.

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