Assessment and Management Strategies for the Receding Watersheds of Ebonyi State, Southeast Nigeria

Ogbodo E N


The conditions of the watersheds of Ebonyi State has become a concern for individuals, communities, governments, donor agencies and private and public businesses as everybody depends on its resources. A study was therefore conducted within 2011 to 2012, to identify the dimensions and level of environmental degradation at the watershed sites with a view to developing management strategies for them. The study involved global positioning, reconnaissance survey and evaluation. The assessments of the sites identified were based on technical judgments, using the environmental baseline data collection and secondary information methods. A total of 39 degraded watersheds were identified, and which environmental assessment was carried out on. The results indicated that erosion, siltation and deforestation were the major environmental degradations, and cutting across almost the entire watersheds.  Previous restoration measures were reviewed and recommendations for future conservation strategies were highlighted.

Key words: Receding watersheds, Degradation, Environmental assessment, Management, Ebonyi state.

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