The Role of Geographic Information System Technologies in Mapping Land Use Planning And Management in Rwanda, Case of Ntarama Sector in Bugesera District

Authors : MUZEZAYO Jean Pierre; MANIRAKIZA Richard

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 12 - December

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This research focused on the Role of GIS Technologies in Mapping Land Use Planning and Management in Ntarama Sector, presents the applications of Geo-informatics System in three different land-use planning (LUP) approaches. The main objective of this research was assessing the role GIS technologies can play in mapping land use planning and management in Ntarama sector of Bugesera District. The methods used here was reposed to the analysis of previous researchers, reports provided by different stakeholders; my own field observation and conducted interviews. Besides, GIS technologies have been used for geo processing and spatial analysis. All have been aiming to collect two types of data; qualitative and quantitative such as primary and secondary data, with the purpose of gathering all information concerning the research topic. Stratified sampling technique has been used by conducting interviews to good information providers. Around 68% of the whole respondent appreciates GIS technologies as the best tool in land management. The participatory land use planning (PLUP), which strongly considers local people perceptions for land utilizations, the guidelines for LUP enhanced with multi-criteria evaluation and land-use planning and analysis system (LUPAS) using interactive multiple-goal linear programming. In this research, there are three main objectives: First, to provide an introduction to geographical information technology along with an historical perspective on the evolving role of GIS in planning, secondary is to overview relevant methods and techniques for GIS-based land-use suitability mapping and modeling, and last one is to identify the trends, challenges and prospects of GIS-based land-use suitability analysis. Briefly, we strongly confirm that GIS plays an important role in the successful of these LUP approaches. Land use suitability assessment using GIS technologies should be a key determinant in any urban and suburban planning and decision-making process.

Keywords : Geographic Information System, Mapping, Land Use Planning and Land Management, Rwanda.


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