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Socio-Economic Drivers of Deforestation in Roghani Valley, Hindu-Raj Mountains, Northern Pakistan
Fazlur RAHMAN; Fazlul HAQ; Iffat TABASSUM; Ihsan ULLAH
Corresponding AuthorFazlul HAQ
2014-02
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
Volume11Issue:1Pages:167-179
AbstractDeforestation and associated ecological disturbances are the issues of global concern. Researchers have investigated a number of driving forces which accelerate the rate of deforestation at local and regional levels. These include poverty, population growth, market demand and prices, political instability, agricultural expansion and changes in property right and ownership regimes. This paper seeks to explore the impacts of population growth, changing tenure system and other socio-economic factors on the forest cover of Roghani Valley, located in Hindu Raj Mountains, Northern Pakistan. The present study is mainly based on information collected through participatory observation, self-administered interviews and questionnaire survey. Geographical Information System (GIS) database is also used for mapping and quantification. The results reveal that in the past three to four decades the study area has been subjected to severe deforestation and about half of the forest area has been converted into barren land. Thus, the area under natural forests decreased from 2099 to 1444 hectares in four decades. This large-scale deforestation is attributed to both proximate and under lying causes particularly traditional land tenure system and demographic development. Consequently, forest resources have been degraded and a number of plant species have disappeared from the forests of the study area while several others are in the process of disappearance.
KeywordDeforestation Natural Vegetation Cover Population Growth Traditional Tenure Systems LAnd Use And LAnd Cover Change Household Dynamics
Indexed BySCI
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/6782
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2014_Vol11 No.1
Corresponding AuthorFazlul HAQ
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Fazlur RAHMAN,Fazlul HAQ,Iffat TABASSUM,et al. Socio-Economic Drivers of Deforestation in Roghani Valley, Hindu-Raj Mountains, Northern Pakistan[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2014,11(1):167-179.
APA Fazlur RAHMAN,Fazlul HAQ,Iffat TABASSUM,&Ihsan ULLAH.(2014).Socio-Economic Drivers of Deforestation in Roghani Valley, Hindu-Raj Mountains, Northern Pakistan.Journal of Mountain Science,11(1),167-179.
MLA Fazlur RAHMAN,et al."Socio-Economic Drivers of Deforestation in Roghani Valley, Hindu-Raj Mountains, Northern Pakistan".Journal of Mountain Science 11.1(2014):167-179.
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