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Degradation of the riparian wetlands in the Lake Victoria basin - Yala swamp case study OceanDocs
Thenya, Thuita; Wassmann, Reiner; Verchot, Louis; Mungai, David.
Land degradation is as a result of broad range of scales and factors, which include biophysical, climatic, demographic and socio-economic. The aim of this paper was to provide an analysis of wetland utilisation, ecosystem degradation and their effect on the Lake Victoria (Kenya) ecosystem. This involved analysis of socioeconomic and remote sensed data. The main sources of wetland degradation in the Lake Victoria basin were identified as (1) farming activities, (2) grazing and macrophyte harvesting and (3) coupled with catchment degradation-deforestation. These factors were closely related to the demographic dynamics and unsustainable land utilisation practices. Socio-economic data provided valuable insight on the pattern of wetland utilisation and possible...
Tipo: Proceedings Paper Palavras-chave: Riparian environments; Degradation; Wetlands; Inland waters; Catchment area; Remote sensing; Environmental effects; Socioeconomic aspects; Resource development; Sediment transport; Silting; Water pollution; Wetlands; Deforestation; Natural resources; Utilization; Land use; Pollutants.
Ano: 2006 URL: http://hdl.handle.net/1834/5313
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