LAND USE AND LAND COVER CHANGES, NORTHWESTERN UPLANDS OF CAMBODIA

LAND USE AND LAND COVER CHANGES, NORTHWESTERN UPLANDS OF CAMBODIA
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LAND USE AND LAND COVER CHANGES, NORTHWESTERN UPLANDS OF CAMBODIA

Reading the title, you might question why we are interested in selecting the Northwestern upland as a case study. In fact, the region is a unique geographical location for not only being former Khmer Rouge strongholds, but also the biggest allocation of forest lands for national scale demobilization of military. The changes of land use and land cover are dramatic and shocking. If you would like to know more, please follow with us!

  1. To understand the changes pattern of land use and land cover in time and space for the last 40 years

  2. To explain the process of land use and land cover changes along chronological time series

  3. To identify proximate causes and underlying factors and illustrate their linkage to those changes

Pre-requisite

There is no any specific pre-requisite for this case study. We welcome all students who are interested to know land use and land cover changes in the Northwestern uplands of Cambodia, former Khmer Rouge stronghold regions.

Required time

The case study is divided into three parts with below required time for learning.

  • Part I: Changes of land use and land cover (LULC): 20mn
  • Part II: Process of land use and land cover changes: 30mn
  • Part III: Proximate causes, underlying factors, and their linkages: 20mn

Lessons

  1. This Part I will talks about the changes of land use and land cover. To analyze these changes, we selected 4 districts including Samlaut, Rattanak Mundol,Salakrov, and Pailin as a pilot region of the Northwestern uplands of Cambodia.
  2. The Part II will focuses on the changing process of land use and land cover. To understand the processes, we interviewed key informants such as local authorities and elder people who are have good knowledge about the cropping history in the area,and conducted group discussions to verify results from the interview from one period to another.
  3. In this Part 3, we will illustrate about proximate causes and underlying factors of land use and land cover. Based on the results of key informants interviews and consults with relevant literature, we will learn together about what are the proximate causes and underlying factors? And how are its linkages regarding the land use and land cover changes?

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