Human Ecology

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 279–316 | Cite as

A regional analysis of Barí land use intensification and its impact on landscape heterogeneity

  • Clifford A. Behrens
  • Michael G. Baksh
  • Michel Mothes


Since pacification 30 years ago, the Barí of northwest Venezuela have aggregated in villages and have begun to produce cattle and some crops for sale in regional markets. This research analyzes satellite imagery to compare patterns of land use among Barí settlements that differ in their population size, cattle holdings, and distance to nearest marketplace. These comparisons indicate that settlement history mediates the effect of population pressure and herd sizes on land use. Moreover, intensification of land use is associated with greater deforestation and a more heterogeneous landscape, but less biodiversity in woody species.

Key words

cultural ecology land use landscape Barí remote sensing geographical information system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clifford A. Behrens
    • 1
  • Michael G. Baksh
    • 2
  • Michel Mothes
    • 3
  1. 1.Bell Communications ResearchMorristown
  2. 2.Tierra Environmental ServicesSan Diego
  3. 3.Escuela de EcologíaUniversidad de los AndesMéridaVenezuela

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