Land Use Change in the Corridor Tirana-Durrës caused by Urban Development

ANILA SULAJ1*, HENRJETA THEMELKO2, ARJAN SHUMELI3

1*Department of Management of Rural Truisms, Faculty of Economy and Agro-business, Agriculture University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania

2Department of Agrarian Policies, Faculty of Economy and Agro-business, Agriculture University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania

3Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania

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Abstract

Urban development in the study area is associated with the change of land use. From the data obtained in our study it is shown that along the Tirana-Durres highway there has been noticed a change in the destination of the land use. Results of the survey show that: 21.7% of surveyed persons claim that land is used for the construction of private housing where many migrant families have had their pressing needs and social and economic interests that simultaneously created various commercial activities. 54.7% of respondents claim that the land is used for agricultural purposes. Agriculture remains one of the few important sectors of the economy despite the tendency of transformation of the whole area into an industrial corridor. 20.5% of the land is used for various business activities and industries. The evaluation of the residents for the land use shows more clearly the importance of this highway on the development of commerce and industry where there is growth in the number of commercial and industrial activities.

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