The nature and extent of landscape change under resettlement programmes in Zimbabwe

Elliott, Jennifer A., Burnside, Niall, Broomhead, T., Kinsey, B.H. and Kwesha, D. (2006) The nature and extent of landscape change under resettlement programmes in Zimbabwe Land Degradation & Development, 17 (5). pp. 495-508. ISSN 1099-145X

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Abstract

Issues of land and further resettlement are central within the inter related crises that Zimbabwe is currently understood to be experiencing. This paper presents objective data that has not been available to date, concerning the landscape outcomes of the resettlement programme in Zimbabwe as it was implemented in the first two decades after independence. Sequential aerial photograph interpretation and GIS techniques are used to document and explore spatial patterns of resource use, landscape structure and change. Based on 21 resettlement villages across three scheme areas, the analysis explicitly considers the role of national drivers (of the relatively consistent policy and procedures during that time), of agro-ecology and of multidirectional transformations at the village level to raise understanding of these outcomes. The implications of these findings and the value of the methodological techniques for the design and monitoring of further resettlement in the country and the wider region are suggested.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: resettlement; aerial photography; land-cover change; landscape dynamics; GIS; Zimbabwe
Subjects: F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1002/ldr.732
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Ecology, Landscape and Pollution Management
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology
Depositing User: editor environment
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2013 13:41
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/124

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