Land use change in Kuiburi national park after being inscribed onto ASEAN heritage sites list
A land use change study was carried out in Kuiburi national park after becoming an ASEAN heritage site. Satellite images for two time periods, 2003 and 2015, were classified and the change in land use analysed; ground-truth activities were conducted as well. The spatial analyses show that Kuiburi national park has been affected by a change in land use in many areas, especially those next to the boundary of the protected area, which have been affected by agriculture conversion and urbanization. The converted areas identified during this study, partially overlap areas whom change in use was already been authorized by the government. This proximity has made easier the un-detection of the ongoing change in land use. Projections for the next 30 years, show that if a business as usual scenario is applied, the loss of forest will dramatically continue. The results from this study can inform a much-needed change in the management strategy. The lack of interest or awareness of Kuiburi national park being an ASEAN heritage site has been observed among the local communities, the staff of the DNP (Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation) as well as of other agencies operating in the area. This situation should be addressed through awareness raising campaigns, also at the international level.
Keywords : Land use change, ASEAN heritage site, Kuiburi national park