ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 87 Number 2
Ecological implications of land use dynamics: the case of oluwa forest reserve in Southwestern Nigeria. (49)
This paper examines the extent of resource use and the level of degradation consequent upon land use. Three distinctive trends were observed in terms of forest and land cover dynamics. These are forest degradation, deforestation and regeneration. The paper integrated a topographical map of 1969 and satellite imageries from Landsat MSS 1972, and Landsat TM 1991 and 2000 with ground truthing and socio-economic surveys to assess changes in forest resource use and land cover in Southwestern Nigeria. Results from this study suggest that human induced conversions and modifications of land cover are directly related to loss of biodiversity and this will have negative impact on the ecological setting. The paper therefore stresses the need for conservation and sustainable management of forest resources.
Keywords: land use; forest resources; human activities; degradation; planning; sustainable development