COMBATING EROSION IN IMO STATE USING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION APPROACH
Erosion is a critical global problem. It is one of the devastating forms of environmental degradation that has bedevilled many communities in Owerri, Imo State Nigeria. Imo State experiences sheet, rill and gully types of erosion with gully erosion being the most devastating in the area because of its destructive nature. Gully erosion has been an inherent problem in Owerri for more than a decade now. Previous governments have made efforts in the past towards combating erosion but the problem persists. Data for this study were collected by oral interview, field observations as well as through the distribution of pre-tested questionnaire in the affected communities. Findings from this study showed that community involvement in soil erosion control projects will go a long way toward addressing the problem in the study area. The ineffectiveness of government driven projects was as a result of non-involvement of the community members in the erosion control projects. Whatever measures taken by the government was usually met with minimal success as the people concerned were not carried along in the exercise. This study therefore recommends effective community participation with strong government partnership in order to achieve absolute success both in the planning and execution of erosion control measures to stop further degradation.
|Keywords: Soil, Erosion, Environmental Degradation, Community Participation, Combating.|
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