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Land 2015, 4(1), 22-44; doi:10.3390/land4010022

Soil and Water Conservation Strategies in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde in Portuguese) and Their Impacts on Livelihoods: An Overview from the Ribeira Seca Watershed

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Instituto Nacional de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Agrário (INIDA), CP 84, 7600 Praia, Cape Verde
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Soil Physics and Land Management group, Wageningen University (WUR), 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Environment, Energy & Natural Disaster Prevention Unit, Office of United Nations, PO Box 62, 7600 Praia, Cape Verde
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CERNAS, Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, Bencanta, P-3040-316 Coimbra, Portugal
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Direcção geral de Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural (DGADR/DSER), CP 115, 7600 Praia, Cape Verde
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Academic Editor: Katharina Helming
Received: 28 August 2014 / Accepted: 22 December 2014 / Published: 14 January 2015
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Abstract

Severe land degradation has strongly affected both people’s livelihood and the environment in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde in Portuguese), a natural resource poor country. Despite the enormous investment in soil and water conservation measures (SWC or SLM), which are visible throughout the landscape, and the recognition of their benefits, their biophysical and socioeconomic impacts have been poorly assessed and scientifically documented. This paper contributes to filling this gap, by bringing together insights from literature and policy review, field survey and participatory assessment in the Ribeira Seca Watershed through a concerted approach devised by the DESIRE project (the “Desire approach”). Specifically, we analyze government strategies towards building resilience against the harsh conditions, analyze the state of land degradation and its drivers, survey and map the existing SWC measures, and assess their effectiveness against land degradation, on crop yield and people’s livelihood. We infer that the relative success of Cape Verde in tackling desertification and rural poverty owes to an integrated governance strategy that comprises raising awareness, institutional framework development, financial resource allocation, capacity building, and active participation of rural communities. We recommend that specific, scientific-based monitoring and assessment studies be carried out on the biophysical and socioeconomic impact of SLM and that the “Desire approach” be scaled-up to other watersheds in the country. View Full-Text
Keywords: land degradation; desertification; sustainable land management (SLM); livelihoods; poverty; governance; Cape Verde land degradation; desertification; sustainable land management (SLM); livelihoods; poverty; governance; Cape Verde
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Baptista, I.; Fleskens, L.; Ritsema, C.; Querido, A.; Tavares, J.; Ferreira, A.D.; Reis, E.A.; Gomes, S.; Varela, A. Soil and Water Conservation Strategies in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde in Portuguese) and Their Impacts on Livelihoods: An Overview from the Ribeira Seca Watershed. Land 2015, 4, 22-44.

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