JEP  Vol.6 No.11 , November 2015
Modelling the Violation of Restrictions Pertaining to Deforestation in a Given Land Right
ABSTRACT
This paper develops a model that could be used to visualize and predict the violation of restrictions in a given forest. The violation of restriction in this case is assumed to be the difference in areal extent between two forest cover scenes with time; termed “deforestation”. It analyses the relationship in forest cover changes overtime in Ganye Forest Reserve and Glide Cross Country Farm in Adamawa state, Nigeria. Cadastral maps of the forest reserve and farmland were used as the base maps, while the satellite images served as the spatio-temporal data. Landsat ETM+ images of 2003, 2008 and 2013 were used to identify, determine and estimate the violation of restrictions. The result shows that the violation of restrictions could be reliably determined for both the forest reserve and farmland and forecast made in order to predict future occurrence. It also revealed a continuous deforestation in the forest reserve, while in the farmland regeneration of forest stock was noticed. This information is very vital for forest management, planning and decision making in a viable land administration domain.

Cite this paper
Tumba, A. and Ariff, S. (2015) Modelling the Violation of Restrictions Pertaining to Deforestation in a Given Land Right. Journal of Environmental Protection, 6, 1219-1235. doi: 10.4236/jep.2015.611108.
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