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Assessment of institutional and legal framework for sustainable land use management practices in Ashi River watershed, China

Tankpa, Vitus, Wang, Li, Atanga, Raphael Ane, Guo, Xiaomeng and Awotwi, Alfred 2020. Assessment of institutional and legal framework for sustainable land use management practices in Ashi River watershed, China. Journal of Harbin Institute of Technology

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Nonpoint source (NPS) pollutants resulting from land degradation (LD) have been a key influential factor on the deterioration of water quality. Consequently, sustainable land use management (SLM) practices have been employed to reduce the impacts of LD globally. However, the adoption of SLM practices is often not effective to protect water resources despite its capability of improving water quality. Empirically, evidence shows that activities of land users directly influence SLM practices and NPS pollution of water resources in watersheds, but invariably this has not been clearly understood. Understanding how SLM practices adoption could prevent NPS pollution of water resources in watershed is a necessity. Therefore, the primary aim of the investigation is to comprehend the status of SLM practices with the legal framework supporting the adoption of such practices in the Ashi River watershed. A survey instrument involving structured questionnaire was implemented to collect data. A randomly based lottery method was applied to sample information from 150 land users in two control units’ communities. Descriptive and inferential statistics was used to analyze the data. This research revealed that there is low adoption of SLM practices of the study site. The low adoption is due to weak capacity building and enforcement of regulations in the watershed. Occupation and age of the residents are the strongest predictors of SLM adoption rate. Residents connected with farming are more sensitive to the adoption status of SLM. It is our recommendation that policy makers should ensure capacity building, and enforcement of regulations can specifically compel farmers to adopt SLM technologies. This approach would complement other strategies to solve the NPS pollution issue of Ashi River.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 13:30

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