Fig2: Land use change history

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These maps show the evolution of the land use during the last four decades. The land use history was reconstructed from archived aerial photographs (1963, 1979, 1989, and 1995), complemented with a field survey in 2000. The land use of 2010 was predicted from a linear land use change model. The maps clearly show that deforestation is preferentially taking place in the river valleys: the presence of nearby rivers guarantees a permanent water supply for cattle-raising and, in addition, these areas act as access roads to the dense forest, due to their relatively easy accessibility.

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