Effect of land-use/land-cover change on the future of rainfed agriculture in the Jenin Governorate, Palestine

Salem Thawaba*, Maher Abu-Madi, Gül Özerol

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Abstract

Land cover has been changed by humans throughout history. At the global level, population growth and socio-economic development have a significant impact on land resources. Recently, scholars added climate change as one of the major factors affecting land-cover transformation. In the West Bank of Palestine, the situation is more complicated, where geopolitical constraints due to the Israeli occupation and lack of control over land resources. In the West Bank, fertile land represents 16%, 87% of the cultivated land is rainfed, 11% is pastureland and 2% is irrigated. This paper focuses on the problems of agricultural land shrinkage by time and tries to reveal the major factors behind this change. The study area is Jenin, a major agricultural area in the West Bank, Palestine. Statistical data, aerial photos and related attribute data were analyzed by using GIS software. The study showed that urban growth is the major threat on agricultural lands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-189
Number of pages14
JournalInternational journal of global environmental issues
Volume16
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • GIS Climate change
  • Land cover
  • Land use
  • Rainfed agriculture
  • Water resources

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