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An investigation of land cover change in Mafungabusi Forest, Zimbabwe, using GIS and participatory mapping

Mapedza, E., Wright, J.A. and Fawcett, R. (2003) An investigation of land cover change in Mafungabusi Forest, Zimbabwe, using GIS and participatory mapping Applied Geography, 23, (1), pp. 1-21. (doi:10.1016/S0143-6228(02)00070-X).

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Abstract

This paper investigates the processes governing land cover change in and around the Mafungabusi Forest Reserve in Zimbabwe. Land cover change was analysed using aerial photography from 1976-1996 within a Geographic Information System (GIS). Perceived change and its causes were investigated through governmental data sources, participatory mapping and interviews with the local community and forest guards. It is found that whilst forest cover within the forest reserve has remained stable, there has been a steady decline in forest cover outside the forest reserve's boundaries.

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: land use, GIS, participatory mapping, Zimbabwe, resource sharing

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Local EPrints ID: 55560
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55560
ISSN: 0143-6228
PURE UUID: 5fe9f01f-095c-40c5-8344-d1dd8fd94dc2

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Date deposited: 01 Aug 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:32

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Author: E. Mapedza
Author: J.A. Wright
Author: R. Fawcett

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