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Tree census of urban green space with special reference to Gora Cemetery of Lahore, Pakistan

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Shazia Pervaiz, Safdar Ali Shirazi, Filza Zafar Khan, Kanwal Javid, Tahira Aziz Mughal

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Int. J. Biosci.13( 1), 430-438, July 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/13.1.430-438


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The present study is carried out in the oldest Christian Gora Cemetery of Lahore, Pakistan. The main rationale of the research was to prepare the tree inventory of the study area. The inventoried data was analyzed to determine the diversity of growing trees species in the graveyard. In addition, spatial analysis of tree cover was also analyzed from 2000 to 2018 using NDVI technique. The results of field study showed that Azadirachta indica was the most dominant growing tree species of Gora Cemetery. Whereas, the least percentage was found with the fruit tree i.e. Mangifera indica. Moreover, the spatial results of study inferred the highest value of tree cover in 2000 whereas the least green cover was analyzed in 2013. Findings of the study showed that the significant fluctuation in green cover has the negative impacts on urban environment which ultimately creates hurdles in coping with global warming and curbing the climate change rising threat. So, the role of the government towards maintenance of green spaces in the graveyards for urban sustainability is very important. Hence, the present research would be helpful to provide baseline information for urban planners and foresters to plan appropriate composition of green space trees in the graveyards. In addition, the inventoried data would be valuable for city authorities for decision making about green cemeteries and also helpful for further research on urban ecosystem.


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