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SLOPE

HEIGHT

SEAWARD VALLEY

ABUTTING LAGOON

Moderate

Lower than 40m

Yes

Yes

Moderate

Lower than 60m

Yes

Yes

Steeper than 1:4

Above 60m

-

-

Moderate

Lower than 40m

No

No

Moderate

Lower than 40m

-

-

FAO-MICOA-PAP/RAC

Table 6

Suitability Analysis Matrix

Cultivated areas Clarification of terminology:

PHYSICAL PLAN - Xai-Xai IDP

TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT

LAND COVER

New settlements

Scattered bush and trees

Service areas

Scattered bush and trees

Eroded areas Cultivated areas

Intensive tourism development

Existing development

Scattered bush and trees

Eroded areas Cultivated areas

Restricted tourism development

Protected areas

Scattered bush and trees

Eroded areas Cultivated areas

Dense natural vegetation

Dense natural vegetation

Eroded areas

  • Intensive tourism development implies areas where tourism activities should be focused with activity centres, hotels, entertainment areas and commercial activities and generally medium density residential development.

  • Restricted tourism development implies areas where only low-density tourism can be allowed. Development will have to be in sympathy with the natural areas.

  • Protected areas: In these areas no development will be allowed. Agricultural and recreational activity should be restricted.

  • Service areas and new settlements refer to areas for commercial activity, social facilities and residential development for the local population.

These criteria were applied to the site and by making trade-offs between the various criteria the suitability analysis was done. An additional 400 ha has been identified for possible development. This does not include the existing Xai-Xai Beach, Praia Velha, existing and future villages areas.

There are various conflicts between the criteria such as the best areas for tourism development also being the most sensitive and the visual impact of service areas and villages. These conflicts will have to be addressed by the implementation of development controls. The proposed development of roads and current market forces also has an impact on the application of criteria.

The areas suitable for tourism development stretch from the coast about 600m inwards. The areas most suitable for intensive tourism development is the existing Xai-Xai Beach through infill development and the area east of Chongoene. Restricted tourism can be allowed between Xai-Xai Beach and Praia do Chongoene. The best areas are along the 2km to the stretch to the east of Xai-Xai Beach. The protected areas form lateral bands which links to the back areas that are higher than 60m. Extensive areas for services are located to the back of the tourism areas. Space for the extension of villages has been identified next to the main roads.

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