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Igugu, G.O. and Osemeobo, G.J. (1991) Strategies for Facilitating Shelterbelt Establishment in Nigeria. In: Dada, G.O.B. and Obiaga, P.C., Eds., Development and Management of Forest Resources of the Arid Zone of Nigeria. Proceeding of the 20th Annual Conference of FAN, Katsina, 25-30 November 1990, 198-205.

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  • TITLE: Evaluating the Role of Shelterbelt in Vegetation Development in a Semi Arid Zone of Yobe State, Nigeria

    AUTHORS: Bulus Luka Gadiga, Yakubu Dan

    KEYWORDS: Desertification, Shelterbelts, Vegetation Cover, Vegetation Dynamics, Arid Land

    JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Geographic Information System, Vol.7 No.5, October 30, 2015

    ABSTRACT: This study evaluates the role of shelterbelts on the development and dynamics of vegetation in relation to livelihoods in the study area using geo-information techniques. The study covered the period between 1972 and 2007. The results show that in 1972 vegetation cover in the study area extended over an area of 6955 hectares (i.e.shrubs, grasses and trees) which represents 65% of the area; however there was a decrease in 1986 to an area of 5779 hectares (54%). Despite the establishment of shelterbelt in the area in 1987, the trend did not change. This is obvious in the reduction of vegetation cover between 1986 and 2000 to a total area of 3893 hectares (37%). The vegetation cover further decreased to 2791 hectares (26%) in 2005 and 1659 hectares (16%) in 2007 respectively. The study concludes that the establishment of shelterbelts alone cannot guarantee the success of vegetation cover development in the area without a sustainable plan which recognizes the local communities as critical stakeholders. Thus, variables like population growth and GDP have a role to play in vegetation cover depletion. The study recommends that efforts geared towards enlightenment of the local communities on the need for conservation should be encouraged by Government and Non-Governmental Organisations.