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Ecology and Natural Resource Development in the Western Highlands of Cameroon. Issues in Natural Resource Management
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The densely populated Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon remains one of the regions with the greatest land degradation problems in the country. Factors responsible for this include climate change, the hilly nature or topographic layout of the land, and human interference through overgrazing, destructive agricultural practices and the impact of deforestation. This detailed study of resource management and its ecological challenges in the Bamenda Highlands, stresses an important link between falling food output and soil deterioration. While most areas in this predominantly agricultural region enjoy food abundance, the inhabitants of high-density infertile, rugged mountainous areas are forced to resort to double cropping and intensified land exploitation that leave little room for soil regeneration. The population problem in relation to land degradation is infinitely more complicated than the region's sheer ability to produce enough food supply. The authors make a strong case for a delicate balance between human agency and environmental protection in this highly populated and physically challenging region where land is a precious resource and land conflicts are common.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. The Editors
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Chapter One. A Window into the Land Degradation Problem in the North West Province of Cameroon: A Revisit
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Chapter Two. Environmental Degradation and Problems of Land Resource Management in the Bamenda Highlands, Cameroon
  2. pp. 17-42
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  1. Chapter Three. Implications of Rapid Urbanisation for Floods, Sediment and Debris Flow Hazards in Bamenda, Cameroon
  2. pp. 43-59
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  1. Chapter Four. Threats to the Ecological Stability of the Compound Farms in The Bamileke Plateau, Cameroon
  2. pp. 61-84
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  1. Chapter Five. Threats to Biological Diversity Management in the Mount Cameroon Region
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. Chapter Six. Climographic Analysis and Mapping of the Mount Cameroon Region
  2. pp. 105-123
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  1. Chapter Seven. Ecological Planning and the Potential for the Development of Ecotourism in Kimbi Game Reserve, Cameroon
  2. pp. 126-141
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  1. Chapter Eight. Superficial Deposits and Ground Water Resource Development in the Upper Nun River Valley, Cameroon
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. Chapter Nine. The Babungo Pipe-borne Water Project: A Community Self-reliant Development Scheme in the North West Province of Cameroon
  2. pp. 141-160
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  1. Chapter Ten. The Dilemma of Rice Stockpiles: The Case of the Upper Nun Valley Development Authority of the North West Province of Cameroon
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. Chapter Eleven. Cropping Intensity and Post-cultivation Vegetation Successions: Developing Sustainable Agro-ecosystems in Ndop Plain, Cameroon
  2. pp. 175-190
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  1. Back cover
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