Geospatial planning for improved land use system in Saiha District, Mizoram, India


Scientific inputs and analysis of land and water resources are important units for effective land use programmes to optimize the use of available resources. The success of these plans relies on the careful assessment of qualitative and quantitative information derived from the analyses. Geospatial planning has emerged as an effective and reliable platform to assist in this process of developmental planning even at the grassroot level. In this context, the present study incorporates remote sensing and GIS techniques to map the natural resources and to formulate viable land and water resource management plans for improved land use system which will be more sustainable and productive. The study was done in the southern part of Mizoram, i.e. Saiha district wherein an integrated approach of land use planning had been derived that encompassed every aspect of land, water and socio-economic component of the district. Integration of these components in a GIS system helped in formulation of different suitable land use scenarios with economic and biophysical benefits. The result of this study presents maps with constructive options for land and water resource developments in the study area. This information will be very useful for decision makers to plan according to the schemes and resources available at hand.

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