GI for Sustainability

GI & Sustainability 7

6708.4 - Oil Palm and evolution of land use in the Sanaga Maritime Division from 1975 to 2013

Thursday, July 6
5:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Maryland C

Since colonial times, the installation of large-scale farmers in Cameroon especially in the field of oil palm is continuous. Continuous diversification of holders with new comers like elites, small farmers and other large multinational firms strengthens the growth of this activity. The selection of the oil palm activi-ties among the High Intensity Hand Work also controls the creation of large palm plantations acreage each year to reduce unemployment problem in Cameroon which rate is maintained at around 40 %. The palm plantations expansion is done at the expense of mangroves and coastal forests of Cameroon. This constitutes a large mortgage to the Cameroon environmental protection efforts policies. Based on the processing and GIS analysis of various multitemporal Landsat as well as Ikonos and Google Earth images, this paper is aimed at quantifying the impact of oil palm on the forests of the Sanaga Maritime Division. Thus, digitalization of high-resolution images on some oil palm development areas allows us to appreci-ate the abundance of villages palm plantations. Also, field works within the region and participative meeting with the actors has helped us to trace the oil palm dy-namics. It shows that the oil palm farming is the main cause of deforestation in the Sanaga Maritime administrative division since 2000. Furthermore, induced activities such as hunting, harvesting of non-timber forest products and wood cutting or heating are causing forest degradation. This case study invites to investigate the sustainability of economic activities with high spatial extent through remote sensing and GIS.

Tchindjang Mesmin

University of Yaounde I

Pr TCHINDJANG Mesmin holds a PhD thesis in geomorphology, surface dynamic and natural hazards, obtained at the University of Paris 7 in 1996. In 2012, he successfully defends in the same University his Habilitation to supervise research (HDR) on the theme: Paradoxes and risks in high Cameroon Highlands: natural multifunctionality and poor human enhancement. He set up in 2005, the professional MASTER Study on Environmental Impacts Assessment. His interests and specialization fields are related to geomorphology, natural hazards, environmental assessments, landscape resilience, climate changes, mapping and land uses. He is currently Scientific Coordinator of the Global Mapping and Environmental Monitoring (GMEM)


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Michael Govorov

Vancouver Island University

Michael Govorov, professor at Vancouver Island University and instructor/facilitator at University of Toronto, holds a PhD in Technical Science, with a specialization in cartography, from the Siberian State Academy of Geodesy, as well as a Post-doctoral Research Certificate in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems from Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping. Dr. Govorov has 20 years research and teaching experience in GIS, Cartography and Remote Sensing. He has experience leading and successfully completing several research and educational projects funded internationally by government and private organizations.


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