Ridge and Ditch Technique: A Strategy for Sustainable Land Management in Swampy Land Areas in Southern Bangladesh

Islam, Rahatul; Jendoubi, Donia; Shoaib, Jalal Uddin Md.; Peterman, Wendy; Ali, Sayeda Sabrina (2019). Ridge and Ditch Technique: A Strategy for Sustainable Land Management in Swampy Land Areas in Southern Bangladesh. Case studies in the environment, 3(1), pp. 1-11. University of California Press 10.1525/cse.2018.001305

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In Bangladesh, there is a need for socioeconomic sustainability in land management systems. An exploratory study was conducted in the southern part of Bangladesh (Nesarabad) to evaluate the successful strategy of sustainable land management (SLM), where swampy land is transformed, using ridges and ditches. Approximately 25 agrobased sites were studied to evaluate their relevant land use, management, and economic aspects. We determined that nearly 100% of the cultivated lands adopted this technology, representing a combination of SLM measures. The technology was based mainly on structural measures, combined with other conservation measures. The maintenance and recurring activities increased the efficiency of the technology and improved the land quality, making it more useful for various agricultural practices. Most of the lands were cultivated with fruit trees and vegetables, which provided high net average profits with low effort during cultivation. Land users claimed some weaknesses in establishment cost, marketing, transportation, etc. This study assesses these constraints and recommends some suggestions to generate a more suitable scheme for more SLM measures.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Graduate School:

International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)

UniBE Contributor:

Jendoubi, Donia

ISSN:

2473-9510

Publisher:

University of California Press

Projects:

[427] World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies Official URL
[803] Cluster: Land Resources

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

29 Apr 2020 08:14

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 08:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1525/cse.2018.001305

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.140667

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/140667

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