Evaluation of Land Use Conflicts and Management Options in Tubah Sub-Division, North West Region of Cameroon


Authors : Nformi Beatrice Maluh; Baba Adamu

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 9 - September

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Land is central to human existence, socioeconomic development and wellbeing of the people. Paradoxically, land is put under intense pressure from multiple vagaries. These have generated land use conflicts as the different land use types turn to conflict each other with far reaching implications. Such conflicting claims regarding rights to ownership of land have, over the years led to multiple types of conflicts in different communities including Tubah. This paper evaluates the conflicting land uses in Tubah SubDivision, the types and manifestations of conflicts and propose management options. A cross-sectonal multiple data collection techniques were used to elicit and urbanization among others. Moreover, these conflicts have had tremendous consequences ranging from destruction response on land use conflicts, manifestation and management options. Results indicates 6 types of land use conflicts in Tubah Sub-Division which include farmer-farmer, grazier-grazier, forest-farmer, farmersettlement and watershed-farmer-grazier conflicts with the main type being the farmer-grazier conflicts. Their manifestations were in response to changing demand in agricultural products, restricted access and emerging opportunities from settlement expansion of farmlands, killing of cattle, reduction in water quality and quantity for downstream users amongst others. This situation greatly calls for more efficient and effective land use conflict strategies through land use planning measures to achieve optimal balance between competing interest, multiple land user and the use of un-ideal land. Also, with proper education and sanitization, effective collaboration among stakeholders, the use of skillful actions in ensuring conflict resolution could be achieved. Finally, local inclusion in decision making processes, property right and the empowerment of local institutions among others measures to ensure sustainable land management should also be encouraged.

Keywords : Land Use, Conflicts, Land Use Conflicts, Conflict Resolution, Tubah Sub-Division

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