Changes in Land Cover in Cacheu River Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau: The Need for a More Sustainable Management

García del Toro, Eva María and Más López, María Isabel (2019). Changes in Land Cover in Cacheu River Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau: The Need for a More Sustainable Management. "Sustainability", v. 11 (n. 22); pp.. ISSN 2071-1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226247.

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Title: Changes in Land Cover in Cacheu River Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau: The Need for a More Sustainable Management
Author/s:
  • García del Toro, Eva María
  • Más López, María Isabel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sustainability
Date: 2019
ISSN: 2071-1050
Volume: 11
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: mangals; sustainability; vegetation indices; land use; environmental management
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Civil (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Hidráulica y Ordenación Del Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to study the evolution of vegetation and potential changes in land use in the Cacheu River Mangroves Natural Park in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. To do this, we will study variations in the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). In order to perform the calculations and subsequent analysis, images of the park from the years 2010 and 2017, corresponding to the same period of the year, so that the phenological stage is the same, were used. To perform a more reliable analysis, the park was divided into five different areas based upon the vegetation type or main use of the land in each of them; i.e.: mangals, palm forest, paddies, savannahs and others. Using a statistical sample, the NDVIs were calculated for each of these areas. The study made it possible to conclude that the changes in land cover observed represent a decrease in mangrove swamps, which are probably being replaced by other land uses, despite the fact that these forests constitute the most important ecological area of all those that make up the park. The park will therefore benefit from a more sustainable management.

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Item ID: 68091
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/68091/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:68091
DOI: 10.3390/su11226247
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/22/6247
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 26 Aug 2022 07:29
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2022 07:29
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