Forest resources management using geospatial tools (Case study: Northern Nigeria)

Document Type: Research paper


1 Department of Geography & Environmental Management, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

2 School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda


The present study investigates the reliability of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) in monitor and management of vegetation resources for sustainable development. Vegetation change is a major environmental problem experienced in different land use types particularly in lands under uncoordinated practices.. Landsat MSS satellite images, Landsat Operational land imager and field survey were used. Results revealed that woodland (6.5%) and crop/bare land (8.1%) experience a steady decreasing trend. Moreover, annual rate of change for crop/bare land is alarming culminating to about plus 50% during the study, while that of woodland and grassland has been minus 15.59 and 3.9%, respectively. This clearly suggests that vegetation resource in the study area is rapidly decreasing and therefore needs urgent attention. Hence, due to crucial importance of vegetation cover in the provision of food, shelter, wildlife habitat, fuel, daily supplies of medicinal ingredients and paper, forest resources management using geospatial tools is highly indispensable for sustainable development.

Graphical Abstract

Forest resources management using geospatial tools (Case study: Northern Nigeria)


  • Vegetation cover play crucial role in the provision of food, shelter, wildlife habitat, fuel, daily supplies of medicinal ingredients and paper.
  • Vegetation resources especially forests are dynamic in nature, and mostly affected by many coexisting processes such as deforestation, urbanization and wild fire.
  • The role of geospatial techniques in forestry and vegetation resource management is highly indispensable for sustainable development.


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Volume 1, Issue 1
January and February 2020
Pages 12-20
  • Receive Date: 05 August 2019
  • Revise Date: 10 October 2019
  • Accept Date: 20 October 2019