Local perception of drivers of land-use and land-cover change dynamics across Dedza District, Central Malawi Region

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dc.contributor.author Munthali, Maggie G.
dc.contributor.author Davis, Nerhene
dc.contributor.author Adeola, A.M. (Abiodun Morakinyo)
dc.contributor.author Botai, J.O. (Joel Ongego)
dc.contributor.author Kamwi, Jonathan M.
dc.contributor.author Chisale, Harold L.W.
dc.contributor.author Orimoogunje, Oluwagbenga O.I.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-15T10:23:56Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-15T10:23:56Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-05
dc.description.abstract Research on Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) dynamics, and an understanding of the drivers responsible for these changes, are very crucial for modelling future LULC changes and the formulation of sustainable and robust land‐management strategies and policy decisions. This study adopted a mixed method consisting of remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS)‐ based analysis, focus‐group discussions, key informant interviews, and semi‐structured interviews covering 586 households to assess LULC dynamics and associated LULC change drivers across the Dedza district, a central region of Malawi. GIS‐based analysis of remotely sensed data revealed that barren land and built‐up areas extensively increased at the expense of agricultural and forest land between 1991 and 2015. Analysis of the household‐survey results revealed that the perceptions of respondents tended to validate the observed patterns during the remotely sensed data‐analysis phase of the research, with 57.3% (n = 586) of the respondents reporting a decline in agricultural land use, and 87.4% (n = 586) observing a decline in forest areas in the district. Furthermore, firewood collection, charcoal production, population growth, and poverty were identified as the key drivers of these observed LULC changes in the study area. Undoubtedly, education has emerged as a significant factor influencing respondents’ perceptions of these drivers of LULC changes. However, unsustainable LULC changes observed in this study have negative implications on rural livelihoods and natural‐resource management. Owing to the critical role that LULC dynamics play to rural livelihoods and the ecosystem, this study recommends further research to establish the consequences of these changes. The present study and future research will support decision makers and planners in the design of tenable and coherent land‐management strategies. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.department School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Schlumberger Foundation through Faculty for the Future Program, National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) (UID: 102056) and University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Munthali, M.G., Davis, N., Adeola, A.M. et al. 2019, 'Local perception of drivers of land-use and land- cover change dynamics across Dedza District, Central Malawi Region', Sustainability, vol. 11, no. 3, art. 832, pp. 1-25. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.3390/su11030832
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/71104
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher MDPI Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. en_ZA
dc.subject LULC dynamics en_ZA
dc.subject GIS‐based analysis en_ZA
dc.subject LULC drivers en_ZA
dc.subject Local perceptions en_ZA
dc.subject Sustainable resource management en_ZA
dc.subject Rural livelihoods en_ZA
dc.subject Land use and land cover (LULC) en_ZA
dc.subject Geographic information system (GIS) en_ZA
dc.title Local perception of drivers of land-use and land-cover change dynamics across Dedza District, Central Malawi Region en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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