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Dynamics of Communal Land Degradation and Its Implications in the Arid Mountains of Pakistan: A Study of District Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkuwa
Iffat TABASSUM; Fazlur RAHMAN; Fazlul HAQ
Corresponding AuthorIffat TABASSUM
2014-03
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
Volume11Issue:2Pages:485-495
AbstractSimilar to other areas of Pakistan, land resources in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is kept under various ownership regimes for socio-economic and ecological benefits. For the last three to four decades, communal lands and resources are subjected to high rate of degradation and deterioration, which is leading to multifarious socio-economical and ecological implications. This paper intends to look into factors that are responsible for the degradation of communal land and the adaptability of the management mechanisms developed by the local inhabitants to conserve these resources. Moreover, this study also explores the sustainability of these adopted strategies in present circumstances. Data regarding socio-economic parameters of the inhabitants and their interactions with communal lands were collected through questionnaire cum interview method. As long-term climatic data for the area do not exist therefore focus group discussions were conducted to document the changing trend in rainfall regimes and temperature variations for the last about four decades. Results indicate that communal lands are highly vulnerable to degradation due to biophysical and anthropogenic factors. Local inhabitants have developed suitable measures to control the situation, however, accelerated socio-economic transformations in the area have weakened the role of local institutions and that led to further degradation of these resources. Nevertheless, a number of locally formulated rules have been revived and implemented and it is hoped that these threatened resources would be conserved.
KeywordCommunal Lands Land Degradation Climatic Variability Adopted Strategies Dry Areas
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/6860
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2014_Vol11 No.2
Corresponding AuthorIffat TABASSUM
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Iffat TABASSUM,Fazlur RAHMAN,Fazlul HAQ. Dynamics of Communal Land Degradation and Its Implications in the Arid Mountains of Pakistan: A Study of District Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkuwa[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2014,11(2):485-495.
APA Iffat TABASSUM,Fazlur RAHMAN,&Fazlul HAQ.(2014).Dynamics of Communal Land Degradation and Its Implications in the Arid Mountains of Pakistan: A Study of District Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkuwa.Journal of Mountain Science,11(2),485-495.
MLA Iffat TABASSUM,et al."Dynamics of Communal Land Degradation and Its Implications in the Arid Mountains of Pakistan: A Study of District Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkuwa".Journal of Mountain Science 11.2(2014):485-495.
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