Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 31-42
Land Use Change and Livelihoods in the Plantation Nouvelle de Ngambe Tikar (Pnnt) Community Forest, Center Region of Cameroon
Nghobuoche Frankline, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Yaounde, Cameroon
Tsafack Ngoufo Serge, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Yaounde, Cameroon
Akoni Innocent Ngwainbi, Graduate School of Government, Business and Entrepreneurship, Department of Public Administration, Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea
Godwill Tobouah Nyanchi, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Yaounde, Cameroon
Tieminie Robinson, Department of Forestry, Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon
Received: Jul. 3, 2020;       Accepted: Jul. 17, 2020;       Published: Aug. 20, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajbes.20200603.11      View  112      Downloads  22
Abstract
This study aims at identifying changes in land use composition, structure and distribution in PNNT Community Forest in the Center Region of Cameroon, from 2001 to 2020 and to investigate the impact of the search for livelihoods on the change. Obtained results revealed that there are four major land uses in the PNNT community forest; Moist evergreen forest, degraded forest, savanna and bare soils. Land use change analysis indicated that, the surface area covered by moist evergreen forest reduced by 5% while that of savanna reduced by 15.4% from 2001 to 2020. The findings indicated that 255,87 hectares of moist evergreen forest was lost between 2001 and 2020; an average of 13.47 hectares per year. The surface area of savanna reduced significantly from 1919.28 hectares in 2001, 1658.39 hectares in 2011 and to 1124,91 hectares in 2020. Results further revealed a substantial increase in the surface area of bare soil by 17% and degraded forest by 3.4% over 19 years. The total surface area of degraded forest increased by 174.4 hectares from 2001 to 2020. The land use with the most significant positive change was bare soils which increased from 396.61 hectares in 2001 to 1272.45 in 2020; a global increase of 875.84 hectares. Agricultural expansion, increased logging and harvesting of non-timber forest were identified as drivers of land use change in the community forest.
Keywords
Land Use Change, Livelihoods, Community Forest, Plantation Nouvelle De Ngambe Tikar, Cameroon
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Nghobuoche Frankline, Tsafack Ngoufo Serge, Akoni Innocent Ngwainbi, Godwill Tobouah Nyanchi, Tieminie Robinson, Land Use Change and Livelihoods in the Plantation Nouvelle de Ngambe Tikar (Pnnt) Community Forest, Center Region of Cameroon, American Journal of Biological and Environmental Statistics. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2020, pp. 31-42. doi: 10.11648/j.ajbes.20200603.11
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