Land Degradation and Adoption of Conservation Technologies in the Digil Watershed Northern Highland of Ethiopia

"Determining the extent and rate of land degradation with empirical evidence has to underlie any conservation endeavour. This is because dimensions and rates of degradation vary with time and space,and hence empirical and local-scale studies are more revealing. In addition to a grounded understanding of the dimensions of degradation, knowledge of the socio-economic setting of the locality is also necessary for designing appropriate conservation technologies and intervention strategies. The general objectives of this study are, therefore, to assess the extent of land degradation and analyse the local farmers’ acceptance and adoption of newly introduced conservation technologies in a representative microwatershed in the north western highlands of Ethiopia."