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, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 504–512 | Cite as

Socio-Economic Stakes and Perceptions of Wetland Management in an Arid Region: A Case Study from Chott Merouane, Algeria

  • Fatma Demnati
  • Farid Allache
  • Lisa Ernoul
  • Boudjema Samraoui
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Abstract

The objective of our study was to identify how actors from the main socio-economic sectors perceive their interactions and impacts on a sensitive wetland in an arid climate, specifically the salt pans of Chott Merouane in Algeria. The results revealed that there are three main economic stakes including agriculture, livestock production and salt mining, each activity providing a great benefit for local and national populations. The local population perceived that the current activities are conducted in such a way that they created conflict between socio-economic sectors and caused a threat for long term sustainability of the wetlands. The results highlighted the need to initiate an integrated management approach between the different sectors and to develop a shared vision for the territory.

Keywords

Chott Conservation Integrated management Protected areas Socio-economic stakes Wetlands 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We express our thanks to Moussaoui M., Willm L., Lefebvre G., Boucheker A., Crivelli J. for their help and to all those who provided further assistance. The study was supported by the Algerian Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique (DGRSDT/M.E.S.R.S.).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fatma Demnati
    • 1
  • Farid Allache
    • 1
  • Lisa Ernoul
    • 2
  • Boudjema Samraoui
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Département d’Agronomie, Faculté des Sciences Exactes, Sciences de la Nature et de la VieUniversité Mohamed KhiderBiskraAlgeria
  2. 2.Tour du ValatArlesFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Recherche et de Conservation des Zones Humides, Département de BiologieUniversité de GuelmaGuelmaAlgeria
  4. 4.Centre of Excellence for Research in BiodiversityKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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