The InVEST Habitat Quality Model Associated with Land Use/Cover Changes: A Qualitative Case Study of the Winike Watershed in the Omo-Gibe Basin, Southwest Ethiopia

Abreham Berta Aneseyee , Tomasz Noszczyk , Teshome Soromessa , Eyasu Elias


The contribution of biodiversity to the global economy, human survival, and welfare has been increasing significantly, but the anthropogenic pressure as a threat to the pristine habitat has followed. This study aims to identify habitat suitability, analyze the change in habitat quality from 1988 to 2018, and to investigate the correlation between impact factors and habitat quality. The InVEST habitat quality model was used to analyze the spatiotemporal change in habitat quality in individual land-use types in the Winike watershed. Remote sensing data were used to analyze the land use/land cover changes. Nine threat sources, their maximum distance of impact, mode of decay, and sensitivity to threats were also estimated for each land-use cover type. The analysis illustrates that habitat degradation in the watershed was continuously increasing over the last three decades (1988 to 2018). Each threat impact factor and habitat sensitivity have increased for the last 30 years. The most contributing factor of habitat degradation was the 25.41% agricultural expansion in 2018. Population density, land-use intensity, elevation, and slope were significantly correlated with the distribution of habitat quality. Habitat quality degradation in the watershed during the past three decades suggested that the conservation strategies applied in the watershed ecosystem were not effective. Therefore, this study helps decision makers, particularly regarding the lack of data on biodiversity. It further looks into the conflict between economic development and conservation of biodiversity.
Author Abreham Berta Aneseyee - Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Abreham Berta Aneseyee,,
, Tomasz Noszczyk (FoEEaLS / DoSPaLA)
Tomasz Noszczyk,,
- Department of Spatial Planning and Landscape Architecture
, Teshome Soromessa - Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Teshome Soromessa,,
, Eyasu Elias - Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Eyasu Elias,,
Journal seriesRemote Sensing, ISSN 2072-4292, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets1.4
Article number1103
Keywords in Englishecosystem services; habitat quality; InVEST model; land cover; Winike watershed
ASJC Classification1900 General Earth and Planetary Sciences
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
The InVEST Habitat Quality Model Associated with Land Use/Cover Changes: A Qualitative Case Study of the Winike Watershed in the Omo-Gibe Basin, Southwest Ethiopia of 18-08-2020
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.559; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 4.118 (2) - 2018=4.74 (5)
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FinansowanieThis research was funded by CASCAPE project in Ethiopia, thematic research of Addis Ababa University, linguistic support was funded by University of Agriculture in Krakow, and the APC was funded by University of Agriculture in Krakow.
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