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Study on Level of Vegetation Land Fragmentation in Western Province, Sri Lanka

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M. N. N. Ranaweera ,

University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, LK
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Urban Simulation Lab, Department of Town and Country Planning
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A. B. Jayasinghe,

University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, LK
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Urban Simulation Lab, Department of Town and Country Planning
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C. Abenayake

University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Town and Country Planning
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Abstract

Muthurajawela Marsh and Negombo Lagoon have lost their marshland and mangroves from 41% and 21% accordingly from 1997 to 2017.  Vegetation land fragmentation (VLF) is the foremost reason that accelerates the vegetation cover change. However, Sri Lanka has not been given sufficient attention to investigate VLF with case studies. Further, fragmentation patterns like dissecting, shrinking, and disappearing are still essential to investigate with empirical studies to comprehend the phases of VLF.  Therefore, this study attempts to quantify the level of vegetation land fragmentation (LVLF) in the Western Province’s Grama Niladhari Divisions (GNDs) from 2000 to 2020 by applying the Landscape Division Index (FRAGSTATS). It further analyses the patterns of VLF by using 200 fragmented locations. The key findings demonstrate that 54% of GNDs have more than 60% of the LVLF in the Gampaha District from 2000 to 2010. Although it has reduced up to 49% from 2010-2020, the Gampaha District remains in the highest position. It additionally discloses the significant increment in LVLF along the expressways from 2010 to 2020.  46% of fragmented patches indicate the mixed of dissecting, shrinking, and disappearing patterns. Therefore, the study provides methodological application and quantitative insights for planners to investigate VLF and its patterns.
How to Cite: Ranaweera, M.N.N., Jayasinghe, A.B. and Abenayake, C., 2021. Study on Level of Vegetation Land Fragmentation in Western Province, Sri Lanka. FARU Journal, 8(1), pp.13–23. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/faruj.v8i1.37
Published on 19 Nov 2021.
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