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Projections of Future Land Use in Bangladesh under the Background of Baseline, Ecological Protection and Economic Development

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Date of publication: 
March 2017
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ISBN / Resource ID: 
Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 505; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9040505
Pages: 
21
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© 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Land is one of the important input resources in a highly populous and land-scarce country such as Bangladesh. When different factors change (such as, geophysical, proximity, socioeconomic and climatic), there are dramatic changes in the spatial pattern of land uses. Thus, shedding light on the dynamics of land use and land cover changes has great importance for finding the changing pattern of land use in Bangladesh. In the present study, we predicted the land use and land cover changes from 2010 to 2030 under baseline, ecological protection priority and economic growth scenarios in Bangladesh. On this basis, we applied a previously developed Dynamics of Land Systems (DLS) model to simulate the changes in land uses according to the driving mechanisms. The findings indicate that cultivated land declines and built-up area expansion is common under all three scenarios. However, the future land use demand shows differences under different scenarios. The results under the ecological protection priority scenario shows that forest area and grassland will increase more, while under economic growth scenario, built-up area will expand dramatically in the future. The present research results furnish meaningful decision-making information for planners to conserve and/or exploit land resources in Bangladesh in a more sustainable manner.

Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Shaikh Shamim Hasan, Xiangzheng Deng, Zhihui Li, and Dongdong Chen

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