COMMUNITY PERCEPTION OF DEFORESTATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN IBADAN
The studies of urban climate are attracting significant attention in the present dispensation due to the global impacts of climate change, induced mostly by anthropogenic activities. This study examined the community perception of deforestation and climate change in Ibadan, Oyo State. Data for this study were obtained from both primary and secondary sources. A total of 400 questionnaires were administered randomly across the II Local Government Areas using purposive sampling technique while 365 were retrieved and analyzed using descriptive statistics of means and percentages. Deforestation data were derived from the LandSat imagery sourced from National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) and constitute the secondary data. Supervised classification technique was used for image classification. Results obtained revealed that majority of the people (77) are familiar with the concept of climate change and among them 39 and 29 of the respondents perceived variability in temperature and rainfall respectively as the two major causal factors of climate change. The result further shows that 95 per cent of the respondent agreed that deforestation account mostly for the incidence of climate change. However, 40 of the respondents described the impacts of deforestation on climate change as severe. Meanwhile, 37 of the respondents believed that afforestation and mixed farming are the most suitable solutions to address the problem of climate change. Based on the classification technique adopted, four types of Land use/Area cover emerged in the study area. Based on the findings of the present study, it can be recommended the use of environment friendly sources of energy such as solar vehicle, bio-fuel and promotion of green environment (tree planting) among others to prevent severe impact of climate change.
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