2.6. Exploring the Drivers and Consequences of LU/LC Changes
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Land Use/Land Cover Change and Its Driving Forces in Shenkolla Watershed, South Central Ethiopia
ScientificWorldJournal, Feb 18, 2021; DOI: 10.1155/2021/9470918

Household survey, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions were conducted to prove the correctness of the classified images and further come to know the possible major driving factors, and consequences of land use change in the watershed. A questionnaire with semistructured questions was used to assess the perception of local people on LU/LC change, its drivers, and consequences. The most appropriate age was decided to be 55 and above. Therefore, 100 respondents with age 55 and above were purposively selected to identify LU/LC changes, driving forces and consequences. Respondents were requested to explain how they perceived LU/LC dynamics in the watershed in different time periods assessed in this study. They evaluated the status of the land use/land cover change, its drivers, and consequences. Finally, the driving forces, consequences, and the direction of land use change were identified. Subsequently, the perceived LU/LC changes were compared with the land use/land cover changes observed from the remote sensing images interpretation (Figure 3).

Methodology of comparison between observed and perceived LU/LC changes.

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