LAND USE AND LANDCOVER DYNAMICS IN UKWUANI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, DELTA STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:deforestation, development, degradation, environment, forest management, forest resource, socio-economic
The world has witnessed and is still witnessing increase in land cover changes occasioned by increased demand for land space to meet man’s diverse need but not without its consequences. Using ArcGIS, this work x-rayed the issue of land cover changes in Ukwuani Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State, Nigeria using satellite imageries for three different periods (1987, 2000 and 2018) at 28 meters resolution. The result shows disparity in the land cover in the area for the different periods under review. The study recommends for the use of strategic planning and systematic monitoring of forest to reduce the rate of land cover changes and land conversion in the area. There is also the need for proper management of the forest resources by the government through the implementation of sustainable forest management policies and programmes. This will help in the development of the areas and at the same time curb the socio-economic problems associated with sustained land cover changes in the study area.
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