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Land use change has been assessed widely using Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques. The analysis of land use change was done by detecting land cover change. A study about land cover change, along with the self-employed workers’ perception towards changes between 2007 and 2017 were carried out in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam. The result of the study shows that the built-up lands have increased and remained to be the dominant land cover types in 2017. The agriculture has been declining mainly due to conversion into built-up land. Other land type including water, bare land, and vegetation have shown slight changes throughout the years. Overall changes from 2007 to 2017 shown that built-up land gained the most and agriculture land lost the most. On the other hand, the perception study’s major findings indicate that about two-thirds (69%) of respondents are aware of changes. However, almost one-third (31%) are unaware of the said topic. There are several factors that may affect the awareness of self-employed workers which will be cursory discussed in the study. This study in Nam Tu Liem District is a first step to determine and understand the major driving factors and their impacts on the land use changes in the area. A detailed land use/cover change study and a larger population size for perception studies are recommended in order for the government to formulate policies to achieve sustainable development.
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