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Social Impact of Farmland Abandonment and Its Eco-Environmental Vulnerability in the High Mountain Region of Nepal: A Case Study of Dordi River Basin
Chaudhary, Suresh1,2,3,4; Wang, Yukuan1,3; Khanal, Narendra Raj5; Xu, Pei1,3; Fu, Bin1,3; Dixit, Amod Mani4; Yan, Kun1,3; Liu, Qin1,3; Lu, Yafeng1,3
2018
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
EISSN2071-1050
Volume10Issue:7Pages:19
SubtypeArticle
Abstract

The abandonment of farmland is a phenomenon that shows the deterioration of the physical and social landscape. It is widespread across the mountainous region of Nepal and is expected to further increase in the future. The aim of this study is to: (i) determine the driving factors of farmland abandonment; (ii) discuss its impact on social systems in terms of social networks, relations, practices; and (iii) assess the eco-environmental vulnerability of abandoned farmlands in the high mountain region of Nepal. The authors apply household surveys, focus group discussions and in-depth key informant interviews to visualize the social landscape and changes therein, thus establishing an existing history of mountain societies, social systems and management practices. Moreover, Google Earth Images and Low Height Remote Sensing Survey (UAV) are also used to observe geomorphic processes and the modification of the abandoned farmland and its characteristics. The Multivariate Linear Regression (MLR) model is run using SPSS revealing eight variables; mountain road accessibility, farm distance from residence, household size, household head age, landowner's living place, ownership of farmland, salary and business and remittances are major factors determining the process of farmland abandonment in the region. Farmers' social practices such as (i) an indigenous labor exchange system "Parma," (ii) a traditionally managed irrigation system, (iii) a drinking water supply system, (iv) social practices, rituals, festive events, (v) an indigenous governance system, practices and some existing infrastructures (schools, banks, health, post, temples and more) are going to disappear as a process of abandonment. The decline in individual as well as social participation in land management practices have increased exotic vegetation and soil loss processes, modifying the physical characteristics of abandoned farmlands. Thus, this knowledge is vital for understanding appropriate social processes, natural resources and environmental management.

KeywordFarmland Abandonment Social Practices Farmland Degradation Mountain Region Nepal
DOI10.3390/su10072331
Indexed BySCI
WOS KeywordAgricultural Land Abandonment ; Ecosystem Responses ; Climate-change ; Landscapes ; Conservation ; Vegetation ; Europe ; Determinants ; Watersheds ; Management
Language英语
Quartile4区
Funding Project135 Strategic Program of the Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences[SDS-135-1703] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences-theWorld Academy of Sciences (CAS-TWAS) Presidents Fellowship program for international PhD
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WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGreen & Sustainable Science & Technology ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000440947600222
Funding Organization135 Strategic Program of the Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences ; Chinese Academy of Sciences-theWorld Academy of Sciences (CAS-TWAS) Presidents Fellowship program for international PhD
PublisherMDPI
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/23775
Collection山区发展研究中心
Corresponding AuthorChaudhary, Suresh; Wang, Yukuan
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Mt Hazards & Environm, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, Peoples R China
2.UCAS, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Wanzhou Key Reg Ecol & Environm Monitoring Stn Th, Wanzhou 404020, Peoples R China
4.Natl Soc Earthquake Technology Nepal, POB 13667, Kathmandu Lalitpur, Nepal
5.Tribhuvan Univ, Cent Dept Geog, Univ Campus,POB 44613, Kirtipur, Nepal
First Author Affilication中国科学院水利部成都山地灾害与环境研究所
Corresponding Author Affilication中国科学院水利部成都山地灾害与环境研究所
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Chaudhary, Suresh,Wang, Yukuan,Khanal, Narendra Raj,et al. Social Impact of Farmland Abandonment and Its Eco-Environmental Vulnerability in the High Mountain Region of Nepal: A Case Study of Dordi River Basin[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2018,10(7):19.
APA Chaudhary, Suresh.,Wang, Yukuan.,Khanal, Narendra Raj.,Xu, Pei.,Fu, Bin.,...&Lu, Yafeng.(2018).Social Impact of Farmland Abandonment and Its Eco-Environmental Vulnerability in the High Mountain Region of Nepal: A Case Study of Dordi River Basin.SUSTAINABILITY,10(7),19.
MLA Chaudhary, Suresh,et al."Social Impact of Farmland Abandonment and Its Eco-Environmental Vulnerability in the High Mountain Region of Nepal: A Case Study of Dordi River Basin".SUSTAINABILITY 10.7(2018):19.
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