Justice Nana Inkoom
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- Land use and food security
- Environmental and climate change
- Ecosystem services
- Burkina Faso
WASCAL- West African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use; www.wascal.org
Teaching Assistant (University of Cape Coast)
Management Information Systems Officer in Charge of Spatial Planning, GIS and Remote Sensing; Integrated Coastal and Fisheries Governance Initiative - Hen Mpoano (ICFG with Funding from USAID)
Masters (Geography and Regional Planning)
Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Sociology), University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Interactions of Agricultural Land uses and their impacts on Ecosystems Services
The relationship between agricultural land use and its impact on ecosystems services, including nutrient cycling and biodiversity conservation, is complex. This complexity has been augmented by isolated research on the impact of agriculture land uses on the landscape’s capacity to provide ecosystem services particularly in most vulnerable areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Though a considerable number of studies emphasise the nexus between specific land use types and their impact on agriculture (N-deposition), a sufficient modeling basis for an empirical consideration of spatial interactions between different agricultural land uses at the landscape scale within urbanizing areas in Sub-Saharan Africa is consistently missing. The need to assess and address significant issues regarding size, shape, spatial location, and interactivity of different land use patches in assessing land use interactions and their impact on ecosystem service provision necessitated this investigation. In order to formulate a methodology to correspond to this complexity, ecosystem services obtained from a characteristically agricultural and urbanizing landscapes were mapped using Analytical Hierarchical Processes and management expert approaches. Subsequently, landscape metrics and mean enrichment factor approaches are explored as neighbourhood interactive assessment tools aiming at assessing the mutual impact gradient of agricultural and adjacent urban land uses on ecosystems services provision at the landscape level. The outcome of this exploration is implemented as a test case in the cellular automaton based software GISCAME using a 2012 multi-temporal rapideye land use classification data, and primary data collected on selected ecosystem services from local farmers and research fellows within the VEA Catchment of Ghana. The outcome aims to provide the understanding of the agricultural landscape and ecosystem service nexus using a metric approach, establish potential expected trade-offs and synergies varying agricultural landscape structure could pose to current and potential ecosystems services using a multicriteria evaluation approaches, and suggest management planning directives to optimize on the one hand agricultural production and ecosystem service provision within a typical rural agricultural landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Christine Fürst