Title: Factors driving land use change: Effects on watershed functions in a coffee agroforestry system in Lampung, Sumatra
Authors: Verbist, Bruno ×
Putra, Andree Eka Dinata
Budidarsono, Suseno #
Issue Date: Sep-2005
Publisher: Elsevier Applied Science
Series Title: Agricultural Systems vol:85 issue:3 pages:254-270
Abstract: Forest cover in Sumberjaya declined from 60% to 10% over the past three decades; current
land uses are a mosaic of smallholder coffee fields on slopes, and rice paddies and vegetables in
the valleys. While deforestation was continuing at the forest frontier, farmers were already
re-treeing the landscape and many monoculture coffee gardens were gradually transformed
into mixed systems with shade trees. In this case study we illustrate that the factors driving
deforestation were strong, interconnected and generally outside the forestry domain. The
current agroforestry landscape generates a significantly higher discharge than in the past,
allowing a hydropower dam to revise its power-production targets upwards. One of the main
reasons given to justify the eviction of farmers in the watershed, based on claims that the past
land use change would negatively affect the discharge and the dams power generation, proved
wrong. In this area, various myths about watershed functions – already dismissed in other
parts of the world – still dominate the thinking of many foresters and policymakers; this paper
illustrates how and why this situation came about.
ISSN: 0308-521X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
× corresponding author
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