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Dimensions of spatial change in an Egyptian village
Bahgat Mohamed Abdel-Maksoud

Last modified: 2016-01-05


Dimensions of spatial change in an Egyptian village

Bahgat M. Abdel-Maksoud

Professor of Agricultural Extension

Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut University, Egypt

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The main objective of this paper was to explore several kinds of spatial change in the village of Shoeshay in Menoufia governorate, Egypt during the period 1930 – 2015. The paper presents losses in agricultural lands of the village occurred as a result of individual encroachment on these lands for building new houses, and the new spatial mapping made by the government for all villages and their surrounding ezab. The expansion of areas under buildings, changes in the shape of buildings, their identity, number of floors, and building material were explored and described. Maps were prepared using GIS Arc Map 10 to show the development of the expansion of areas under buildings of the village during the period 1930 – 2015. These losses in agricultural lands resulting from the horizontal expansion of building have negative effects on agricultural sustainability of the village. Great efforts are needed by the agricultural extension organization at the Ministry of Agriculture to make people aware of the impact of encroachment on agricultural sustainability. Great efforts also are needed by the government to take and implement serious decisions to put an end to this critical problem.

Key Words: Agricultural sustainability, encroachment, GIS, role of extension, types of spatial change.