Sustainable livelihood approach towards enhanced management of rural resources

May A. Massoud, Sarah Issa, Mutasem El-Fadel, Ibrahim Jamali

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    Abstract

    This research utilises the sustainable livelihood approach to evaluate the livelihood assets and resources and identify key challenges and development opportunities in a village in Southern Lebanon. Primary data using quantitative (structured questionnaire) and qualitative (semi-structured interview) methods were collected. The findings highlight the weak resource management and monitoring of various aspects. The factors influencing the village's livelihoods include constraints in water quantity and water quality monitoring, communication and micro-macro links, as well as the allocation of financial resources. The utilisation of the sustainable livelihood approach resulted in developing a practical action plan and a set of management strategies for the enhancement of the village's livelihood based on detailed local knowledge and community input. The significance of this research lies in defining and prioritising factors influencing rural livelihoods and typical relationships among them in real life situations. It focuses on quantitative and qualitative variables and provides evidence-based interventions.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)54-72
    Number of pages19
    JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Society
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • management
    • rural resources
    • SLA
    • sustainable livelihood approach

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