International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications

IJSRP, Volume 4, Issue 8, August 2014 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]

Changing Land Use/ Land Cover Analysis in Pulwama District of Jammu & Kashmir
      Dr Harmeet Singh, Rafiq Hussain Andrabi
Abstract: Rapid and extensive modifications of land use /land cover due to accelerated human activities have been a major cause of global environmental change in the past three centuries. During the past 20 years, humans changed these landscapes to meet the growing demand for food, fodder, timber, fiber and fuel more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time. Changes in land use/ land cover have occurred to such an extent that it has significantly affected the functioning of biosphere, being one of the most important causes of biodiversity loss as well as climate change. This change is one of the primary causes of soil degradation and has a major impact on the provision of ecosystem services to people. Although this phenomenon is global in nature and is neither region specific nor country specific. But the nature and magnitude varies from one part of the globe to other, from developed to developing and under developed part of the world. It varies from plains to deserts and mountains. The present study is based on changing land use / land cover analysis with special reference to agroforestry in Pulwama District of Jammu & Kashmir, which is located in the central part of Kashmir Valley and is mostly dominated by agricultural occupation. The study is based mainly of secondary sources. A multi-temporal analysis was carried out in order to analyze the extent as well as direction of change. The study revealed that in Pulwama District, there was a major change in some of land use/ land cover categories. The change was mainly because of shifting to horticulture and agriculture plantation which are economically beneficial and also due to increasing pressure of population resulting in to a lot of residential and commercial developments. Therefore it becomes imperative to develop a sustainable land management strategy that does not cause the degradation of such valuable resources.

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Dr Harmeet Singh, Rafiq Hussain Andrabi (2018); Changing Land Use/ Land Cover Analysis in Pulwama District of Jammu & Kashmir; Int J Sci Res Publ 4(8) (ISSN: 2250-3153).
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