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Land use changes and their implications in Gir Sanctuary, Gujarat, India.

Pratikkumar Chavada, P. J. Bhatt, Bhagyashri V. Dangar, Kunjan Balai, & Rajesh Raviya*
Department of Life Sciences, Bhakta Kavi Narsinh Mehta University, Junagadh, Gujarat, India
Received : 7th January, 2023 ; Revised : 6th February, 2023

Abstract– The understanding of land use pattern is important for any area whether it be a protected area, urban area or even a small village. This study was initiated with the aim of studying the changes in the land use pattern of Gir Sanctuary of Gujarat from the year 2018 to 2021. The data analysis was performed with the help of QGIS software and the necessary data was downloaded with the help of semi-automatic classification plugin. This study revealed that out of the major six categories, two of them have shown noticeable changes. Over the course of four years, trees have increased from 3.1015% to 10.5578% and scrublands have decreased from 92.1266% to 84.8109%. This study concludes that as a protected area of Gujarat state, the increase in the tree diversity is a very good indicator for the conservation aspect of the flora of Gir Sanctuary.

Key words: Gir Sanctuary, Land Use Pattern, Semi-automatic classification, QGIS

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