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Vol.9(12), pp. 363-372 , December 2017
DOI: 10.5897/IJBC2017.1131
ISSN: 2141-243X



Full Length Research Paper

Land use/cover change analysis and local community perception towards land cover change in the lowland of Bale rangelands, Southeast Ethiopia



Mohammed Mussa
  • Mohammed Mussa
  • Collage of Agriculture and Natural Resource, Madda Wallabu University, P. O. Box 246, Bale-Robe, Ethiopia.
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Habtamu Teka
  • Habtamu Teka
  • Collage of Agriculture and Natural Resource, Madda Wallabu University, P. O. Box 246, Bale-Robe, Ethiopia.
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Yared Mesfin
  • Yared Mesfin
  • College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Arsi University, Assela, Ethiopia.
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 Received: 21 July 2017  Accepted: 23 October 2017  Published: 31 December 2017

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Changes in ecosystem functions can be analyzed through changes in land use land cover (LULC) systems. This study was carried out to analyze the LULC changes and perception of local community towards land cover change in the lowlands of Bale, Southeast Ethiopia using remote sensing data, field observations and perception of local people. The results showed that cultivated land, settlement, bush land and bare land expanded by 13.81, 14.30, 12.62 and 22.3% respectively, between 1986 and 2016, whereas wood land, grassland and shrubby grassland declined by 33.82, 24.4 and 3.36% respectively. Local communities’ perceptions indicate that climatic, demographic and anthropogenic factors as well as implementation of inappropriate government policy and development interventions were major driving forces of LULC dynamics. Environmental and local livelihoods implications such as rangeland degradation, bush encroachment, soil degradation, livestock loss, biodiversity loss and poverty increase resulted from these changes. Cumulative effects contribute to rangeland degradation and poverty. Therefore, to halt the impact of LULC disturbance and its implication on the likelihood of the pastoralist, appropriate management measures and government policies have to be implemented.

 

Key words: Bale rangelands, remote sensing, land use/cover change, socio-economic factor.

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APA Mussa, M., Teka, H., & Mesfin, Y. (2017). Land use/cover change analysis and local community perception towards land cover change in the lowland of Bale rangelands, Southeast Ethiopia. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, 9(12), 363-372.
Chicago Mohammed Mussa, Habtamu Teka and Yared Mesfin. "Land use/cover change analysis and local community perception towards land cover change in the lowland of Bale rangelands, Southeast Ethiopia." International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 9, no. 12 (2017): 363-372.
MLA Mohammed Mussa, Habtamu Teka and Yared Mesfin. "Land use/cover change analysis and local community perception towards land cover change in the lowland of Bale rangelands, Southeast Ethiopia." International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 9.12 (2017): 363-372.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJBC2017.1131
URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/IJBC/article-abstract/914456066715

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