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Socio-economic values of wetland resources around lake Manyara, Tanzania: assessment of environmental threats and local community awareness on environmental degradation and their effects

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dc.contributor.author Nonga, H. E.
dc.contributor.author Mdegela, R. H.
dc.contributor.author Lie, E.
dc.contributor.author Sandvik, M.
dc.contributor.author Skaare, J. U.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-29T13:04:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-29T13:04:50Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-05
dc.identifier.issn 2091-0363
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1472
dc.description Journal of Wetlands Ecology 2010. Vol. 4:83-101 en_US
dc.description.abstract Understanding local people’s socio-economic values of wetlands and traditional mechanisms of managing natural resources forms the basis of conserving them. Wetlands have frequently been developed for short-term economic gains that destroy their ecological values and environmental services in the long term. A study was carried out to assess socio-economic values of the wetland resources, environmental threats around Lake Manyara and local community awareness on causes of environmental changes, degradation in the wetlands and their effects using 80 respondents. Field surveys, interviews, questionnaires and direct observation were used in data collection. It was found that local community was aware on the ecosystem services accrued from the wetlands which were unsustainably used. However, environmental degradation due to unsustainable agriculture, overgrazing, deforestation, urbanization and mining was rampant which had resulted to soil erosion, reduced water availability, wildlife mortality and frequent dry up of Lake Manyara and rivers. In order to protect the lake basin; controlled human activities, land use and water resources within the catchment are to be done in cooperation between the government departments, local authorities and the general local community around. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Wetlands Ecology en_US
dc.subject Ecosystem services en_US
dc.subject Lake Manyara en_US
dc.subject Managing natural resources en_US
dc.subject Rivers en_US
dc.subject Wetland en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.title Socio-economic values of wetland resources around lake Manyara, Tanzania: assessment of environmental threats and local community awareness on environmental degradation and their effects en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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