Assessment of the Opportunities and Threats of Maggaia-Lamido River Basin Communities in Sokoto, Nigeria
Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science
Volume 2, Issue 4, August 2013, Pages: 49-55
Received: Sep. 1, 2013; Published: Oct. 20, 2013
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Muhammad Muktar Namadi, Chemistry Department, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria
Mohammed Yau, Chemistry Department, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria
Faruruwa Mohammed Dahiru, Chemistry Department, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria
Manu Haruna Isa, RightLinks Integrated Services Limited Kaduna, Nigeria
Katsina Sani Mamman, Desertification Control Dept. Federal Ministry of Environment Abuja, Nigeria
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This paper investigates the environmental challenges associated with the management and utilization of Maggaia-Lamido River Basin, Sokoto State, Nigeria. It also identified the spatial distribution of communities whose means of livelihood depends heavily on the river basin under study. The paper identified that the most important environmental challenge is how to maintain the land base resource on which the economies of the local people are founded. The land base itself is challenged by desertification and behind this ecological problem stands increasing human pressures, such as, overgrazing, felling of trees for fuel, over cultivation of marginal lands etc. The results are escalating tension and conflict between villages and communities and increasing poverty, which further undermine the prospects for addressing the problems. Without significant change, environmental degradation will continue to step up within the communities like Kalmalo, Gidan Kaura and Tajaye- huchi and the natural resource base on which people’s livelihood depend on will continue to decline. Equally, this paper identified the prospects of Maggaia-Lamido river basin and proposed a paradigm shift to an innovative community based Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) strategy to serve as a catalyst for poverty reduction and increase societal resilience to the impact of climate change.
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Problems, Prospects, Water Resource Management, River Basin
To cite this article
Muhammad Muktar Namadi, Mohammed Yau, Faruruwa Mohammed Dahiru, Manu Haruna Isa, Katsina Sani Mamman, Assessment of the Opportunities and Threats of Maggaia-Lamido River Basin Communities in Sokoto, Nigeria, Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2013, pp. 49-55. doi: 10.11648/j.wros.20130204.11
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