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This study evaluates the role of shelterbelts on the development and dynamics of vegetation in relation to livelihoods in the study area using geo-information techniques. The study covered the period between 1972 and 2007. The results show that in 1972 vegetation cover in the study area extended over an area of 6955 hectares (i.e. shrubs, grasses and trees) which represents 65% of the area; however there was a decrease in 1986 to an area of 5779 hectares (54%). Despite the establishment ofdoi:10.4236/jgis.2015.75043 fatcat:j2uconna7vcahc6jiewcepmp7q