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An exploratory analysis of the social, economic and environmental impacts on wetlands: the case of Shurugwi district, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.author Madebwe, Victor
dc.contributor.author Madebwe, Crescentia
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-27T07:33:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-27T07:33:56Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.issn 1816-157X
dc.identifier.uri http://www.aensiweb.com/old/jasr/jasr/228-233.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11408/1637
dc.description.abstract The paper analyses the impacts of socio-economic and environmental factors on wetlands in Shurugwi district. Plant species and vegetation cover changes were used as indicators for determining wetland area shrinkage. Results reveal a negative relationship between economic activities, socio- political factors and wetland status. In 1980 wetlands occupied 220 hectares or 56.6 percent of the study area. By 2003 wetlands had declined to 43.4 percent representing an annual average decline of 0.6 percent. Desire by local communities to optimise family welfare decrease wetland protection effort. For wetlands to be effectively protected, sound environmental policies combined with continued per capita investment in social services must be put in place so as to raise the threshold of wetland protection effort. Increased knowledge of wetland attributes may also lead to increased opportunities for policy intervention. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher INSInet Publication en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Applied Sciences Research;Vol.1, No.2; p. 228-233
dc.subject Wetland decline, plant species, intervention policies, plant root constance, drought intensity en_US
dc.title An exploratory analysis of the social, economic and environmental impacts on wetlands: the case of Shurugwi district, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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