Watershed Degradation in the Bamendjin Area of the North West Region of Cameroon and Its Implication for Development

Sunday Shende Kometa, Mathias Ashu Tambe Ebot


It is indeed a paradox that even with favourable natural endowments such as fertile soils and abundant surface water resources, some rural communities and regions still reflect major levels of poverty, food insufficiency, limited water supplies and water-related health problems. To ensure stability in food production and sustain food sufficiency in areas where local economies entirely depend on farming and the natural state of the environment, it is important to investigate the indications and implications of environmental degradation. Through the application of relevant field methods for data acquisition and analyses, the paper examines and proposes recommendation where ….. of the degradation of the Bamendjin Catchment area, which is located within the fertile volcanic province of the North West Region of Cameroon. The results reveal that poor land use have ushered in profound degradation of this watershed. This paper also provides the tools needed to improve on the perception and attitude of the inhabitants towards the exploitation of this watershed and their local environment in general.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/jsd.v5n9p75

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