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Sustainable Livelihoods through Conservation of Wetland Resources: A Case of Economic Benefits from Ghodaghodi Lake, Western Nepal

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dc.contributor.author Lamsal, Pramod
dc.contributor.author Pant, Krishna Prasad
dc.contributor.author Kumar, Lalit
dc.contributor.author Atreya, Kishor
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-08T19:31:07Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-08T19:31:07Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9777
dc.description.abstract "We investigated the participation of local ethnic groups in wetland conservation, determined the economic benefits that they received from the wetlands, and assessed socioeconomic factors that affect dependency on wetlands. A total of 217 wetland resource-user households residing around Ghodaghodi Lake, western Nepal were surveyed. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-tests and ordinary least squares regressions. The wetland resources contributed significantly to the household economy of the local people. Each household extracted lake resources at an annual worth of NPR 4379 ($63 USD), equivalent to 12.4% of the household total gross income. Although the people maintained a positive attitude toward wetland conservation, their participation in conservation efforts was inadequate. Socioeconomic factors such as larger household size, older age of the head of the family, and larger area of agricultural land increased the rate of resource extraction. In contrast, when households were involved with local conservation organizations, resource extraction was reduced. We recommend the following resource conservation and livelihood strategies: implementation of community-based conservation approaches to increase system productivity, adoption of biogas plants, and improved cooking stoves to reduce fuelwood consumption, coupled with conservation awareness programs." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject attitudes en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject livelihoods en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject wetlands en_US
dc.title Sustainable Livelihoods through Conservation of Wetland Resources: A Case of Economic Benefits from Ghodaghodi Lake, Western Nepal en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Statistical en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Nepal en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 20 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth March en_US

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