SMALL Savannah : an information system for the integrated analysis of land use change in the Far North of Cameroon

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SMALL Savannah : an information system for the integrated analysis of land use change in the Far North of Cameroon

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: SMALL Savannah : an information system for the integrated analysis of land use change in the Far North of Cameroon
Author: Fotsing, Eric
Publisher: Department of Conservation Biology, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-12-08
Keywords: Environmental Information System
Observatory
Land use change
Transition
Scale
Integrated analysis
Spatial modelling
Scenarios
Savannas
Far North of Cameroon
Abstract: SMALL Savannah is an Environmental Information System designed for the integrated analysis and sustainable land management in the savannas region of the Far North of Cameroon. This system combines an observation and spatial analysis module for the representation of phenomena from various geographic data sources, with a module for the explanation and prediction of land use pattern and changes, and a dynamic modelling and simulation module for the exploration of possible land use change trajectories. Due to a high demographic pressure combined with an increasing human mobility, many changes have occurred in the land use of the study area during the last two decades. These dynamics have led to land saturation resulting in more competition between land uses and conflicts between actors. The spatial and quantitative analysis for the observation period (1987-1999) indicates that accessibility to the main urban centre, soil suitability and population pressure, have been the main driving factors behind this process. According to assumption formulated for future development, it is expected that changes in land use of this area will continue to depend on these factors. But, the land use trajectories will be mainly influenced by the implication of urban actors and the potential investment of local actors for improving land quality and management. The simulations performed for the period 1999 to 2010 indicate areas where changes are likely to occur, thus providing a possibility to evaluate the spatial impact of a given land management policy. The information system under development is an appropriate tool for a regional monitoring system of land use change and rural development. It can be used by scientist and actors involved in land use planning for decision making and adaptive land use management. Another utilisation can be considered with local actors in order to discuss and prepare any concertation or negotiation when dealing with participatory approach of land use and management.
Description: Promotores: W.T. de Groot, M. Tchuenté, Co-promotor: J.P. Cheylan
With Summary in English
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Fotsing, E., 2009, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789090246987
Sponsor: PRASAC (Pôle régional de Recherche Appliquée au développement des Savanes d’Afrique Centrale), IRAD (institut de recherche Agricole pour le Développement) • SIMES (Système d’Information Multimédia sur l’Environnement, en Afrique Subsaharienne), Université de Yaoundé • CEDC (Centre d’étude de l’Environnement et du Développement au Cameroun), University of Dschang CML (Institute of Environnemental Sciences), University of Leiden
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/14619
 

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