Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2018, Page: 10-15
Highlands Vulnerability to Cattle Rearing in Momo Division, North West Cameroon
Tassah Ivo Tawe, Department of Economics and Environmental Studies/ National Centre for Education, Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation Yaoundé, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Received: Mar. 20, 2018;       Accepted: Apr. 15, 2018;       Published: May 18, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.larp.20180301.12      View  650      Downloads  30
Abstract
Highlands constitute high energy environments that accommodate wealth of ecological resources for the benefit of mankind. In exploiting these resources for economic fortunes, man has placed himself superior by employing unsustainable practices with the notion that these ecological reservoirs would continue to provide more and more resources unabated. Nature, however always has its way to resurrect from this mishap by sending feedbacks which undermine the very survival of mankind. It is therefore with regards to this that the ecological impulses transmitted by the highlands of Momo Division due to unsustainable practices signal a signpost that the harmonious nexus between man, environment and economic fortune is a call for concern. This paper therefore had as objective to examine the nature of the highlands in Momo Division and how they impact on the cattle population. It equally focused on examining the local management strategies adopted by the pastoralists amidst observed retreating rangelands. In achieving these goals, the study adopted the descriptive and analytical methods of investigation. Vital primary data were generated through field observations, interviews and focused group discussions while secondary data involved the use of published and unpublished works and internet sources. The results obtain indicate that the highlands are under intense pressure from cattle rearing, settlement expansion and the forces of nature. The grazing fields are equally retreating due to the invasion of the rangelands by the bracken fern and other unpalatable species of fodder. The study reveals that the pastoralists are adapting to these changes through mobility, paddocking and pasture regeneration. However, it is noted that the present adaptation and innovation strategies employed lives much to be desired and therefore recommends government action through sensitization, training, seminars, workshops and financial assistance to the pastoralists.
Keywords
Highlands, Constraints, Vulnerability, Sustainability, Cattle Rearing, Momo Division
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Tassah Ivo Tawe, Highlands Vulnerability to Cattle Rearing in Momo Division, North West Cameroon, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, pp. 10-15. doi: 10.11648/j.larp.20180301.12
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