Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home Africana Periodical Literature Go to database home

bibliographic database
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Impact of Macroeconomic Change on Deforestation in South Cameroon: Integration of Household Survey and Remotely-Sensed Data
Authors:Mertens, Benoit
Sunderlin, William D.
Ndoye, Ousseynou
Lambin, Eric F.
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:economic development
land use
agricultural land
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(00)00007-3
Abstract:The integration of information from household surveys and data on land cover changes derived from remote sensing gives insight into the causes and processes of land use/land cover changes. A household survey covering 552 households in 33 villages was carried out in the East Province of Cameroon in 1998. It focused on land use changes since the 1970s. Those data were related to time series of remote sensing satellite data for 1973-1996. The survey highlights the evolution of the household and its land use over three periods related to the key macroeconomic periods, and corresponding to the dates of acquisition of the remote sensing data. The research results demonstrate that macroeconomic changes affecting Cameroon have played a fundamental role in the way land use practices influence the forest cover. The results show that the annual rate of deforestation increased after the period of economic crisis (1985-1989) as compared to the previous period. Observations reveal that the beginning of the economic crisis was associated in time with a strong increase of the deforestation rate related to population growth, increased marketing of food crops, modification of farming systems, and colonization of new agricultural areas in remote forest zones. Bibliogr., sum.