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How dynamics and drivers of land use/land cover change impact elephant conservation and agricultural livelihood development in Rombo, Tanzania.

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dc.contributor.author Mmbaga, Naza Emmanuel
dc.contributor.author Munishi, Linus K.
dc.contributor.author Treydte, Anna C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-21T11:27:40Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-21T11:27:40Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.issn 1747-4248
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1747423X.2017.1313324
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/119
dc.description Research Article published by Taylor & Francis Group en_US
dc.description.abstract Land use/ land cover (LULC) change affects the provision of ecosystem services for humans and habitat for wildlife. Hence, it is crucial to monitor LULC particularly adjacent to protected areas. In this study, we measured LULC change in Rombo, Tanzania, an area with high potential agro-ecological zones that is dominated by Human Elephant Conflicts (HEC). We used remote sensing and geographical information system (GIS) techniques, questionnaires and village meetings to assess spatio-temporal patterns of the LULC changes in the study area. Using Landsat imagery, digital elevation model and ground truthing, we classified and monitored changes in LULC from the year 1987 to 2015. We found that within Rombo settlements were increasing while agricultural and agroforestry lands were decreasing and respondents’ perceptions varied along the altitudinal gradient. Patterns of HEC and LULC were observed to change along the gradient and the later threatened the agricultural land and ecological integrity for elephant habitat, leading to high tension and competition between elephants and people. This research offers baseline information for land use planning to balance wildlife conservation with livelihood development in Rombo and highlights that managing the impacts of LULC changes on HEC and elephant habitat loss is a matter of urgency. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Group en_US
dc.subject African elephant en_US
dc.subject Land use Land cover change en_US
dc.subject GIS and Remote Sensing en_US
dc.title How dynamics and drivers of land use/land cover change impact elephant conservation and agricultural livelihood development in Rombo, Tanzania. en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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