Random and systematic land-cover transitions in North-eastern Wollega, Ethiopia

Adugna, Alemayehu and Abegaz, Assefa and Legass, Asmamaw and Antille, Diogenes L. (2017) Random and systematic land-cover transitions in North-eastern Wollega, Ethiopia. Bois et Forets des Tropiques, 332 (2). pp. 3-15. ISSN 0006-579X

Abstract

Africa has seen significant changes in land-use and land-cover (LULC) across different scales. Changes in LULC include deforestation and subsequent use of the land for arable cropping, conversion to grassland or urbanization. The work reported in this article was conducted to examine land-cover transitions in north-eastern Wollega (Ethiopia) between 2005 and 2015. The analysis focused on land-cover transitions that occurred systematically or randomly, and it identified the main drivers for such changes. Landsat data from 2005 and 2015 was examined to better understand the various dimensions of land-cover transitions, namely: swap, loss, gain, persistency and vulnerability. Results showed that shrubland exhibited the highest gain (22%), gain-to-loss ratio (63%), gain-to-persistence ratio (47%), and positive net change-to-persistence ratio (46%). Cropland exhibited the highest loss (19%) whereas grassland was the most stable land-cover despite of some fluctuation (≈10%) observed during the 10-year period. The land-cover transition was dominated by systematic processes with only few random processes of change. Systematic land-cover transitions such as agricultural abandonment and vegetation re-growth were attributed to regular or common processes of change. This study suggests that implementation of practices conducive to sustainable intensification of existing agricultural land, supported by policies that promote increased diversification of Ethiopian agriculture, will likely mitigate pressure on forests by avoiding future conversion of such land into cropland.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 02:02
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: cropland abandonment; deforestation; forest re-growth; soil security; sustainable intensification
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30846

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