MODELING OF LAND USE THROUGH LAND INFORMATION SYSTEM TO VILLAGE LEVEL IN ALBANIA PUBLISHEDShpetim TAFAJ, Fatbardh SALLAKU, Bujar HUQI, Etleva JOJIC, Shkelqim FORTUZI, Eugen SKURA
The main objective of this paper has been the use of GIS technology to assisting local Government on the sustainable management of land resources. The study not only provided the basic spatial database in communal level, but also evaluated the soil and land suitability, land use, land use changes and agricultural land urbanization. The land information database is established for Kryevidh commune (Tirana District). During the land data collection and its processing are found out the most important soil characteristics and qualities, as well as is accomplished the agricultural land suitability assessment classified in four suitable classes (S1-S4) and one non suitable (N). About 52.8% of Kryevidh commune is occupied with N class the other is occupied with S1, S2, S3 and S4, respectively 5%, 11.4%, 16.5% and 14.3%. Based in the land use information before and post 1991 it is analyzed changes of land use in communal level. The main changes have been occurred on agriculture land. In this class transformations from agriculture to non agriculture are observed. Also, changes are observed within agriculture land where 293 ha or 9.9% of suitable land is fallow. The data shows that 147 ha (14%) of suitable land for agriculture is occupied with the new buildings. There are derived the maps for land suitability, land use for 1991 and 2009, as well as land use changes. The results of this study suggested that urgent measures are needed to protect agriculture land from further urbanisation .
GIS, Land use, land use change, land suitability