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Tropical deltas and coastal zones: Food production, communities and environment at the land and water interface.

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This book with 33 chapters divided into five parts is a compendium of selected papers from the conference that can be broadly categorized as land and water management, fisheries and aquaculture and rice-based agriculture systems. Intensification of aquaculture and rice-based agriculture frequently produces negative effects that range from environmental degradation to social conflict; managing thes...


Chapter 24 (Page no: 320)

Assessing needs, constraints and livelihood opportunities in coastal saline environments: a case in Orissa, India.

The coastal saline ecosystem in Orissa State, eastern India extends from the shore of the Bay of Bengal to about 15 km inland. Salinity occurs because of the intrusion of seawater during high tides through surface channels, creeks and rivers, particularly during the dry season, but decreases with freshwater flushing in the wet season. Salinity reaches its highest during April-May due to the increase in temperature from February onward, with a consequent increase in evapotranspiration and salt accumulation on surface soils. Because of poor pre-monsoon showers during April-May in some years, soil salinity still persists and can affect crop establishment seriously in early June. Moreover, a shortage of irrigation water limits the cultivation of dryseason rice and other non-rice crops. This study develops a systematic understanding of target environments and the livelihoods of the people in these areas as a basis for exploring opportunities to improve land and water productivity, as well as farmers' livelihoods through varietal improvement and proper crop management practices. Baseline social (including gender analysis) and economic surveys using a pre-tested structured questionnaire of 50 households were conducted in six villages in Jagatsinghpur District to assess the socioeconomic characteristics of the farming households, indigenous knowledge and farming practices, gender roles, use of rice varieties on different land types, share of rice and other sources of income in livelihood systems and the profitability of current rice cultivation practices and inputs. Through focus group discussions, farmers identified their problems, prioritized their needs and matched them with opportunities to improve their livelihood. Farmers gave positive feedback on participatory experiments involving salt-tolerant rice varieties and associated crop and water management technologies conducted in their fields, for both wet and dry seasons. Improved varieties had at least twice the yields of traditional varieties that yielded less than 1.5 t/ha. Sunflower is well accepted as a rotation crop after rice. With the new varieties, farmers felt more secure that they would have a continuous supply of rice for a year instead of 4-9 months, as was the case before the project began. Several lessons were learned from this research: (i) the need for a strong interaction between biological and social scientists in problem-oriented research; (ii) the use of community participatory approaches in the design, validation and dissemination of technologies; (iii) the need to enhance the capacities of both men and women farmers in rice production technologies and improved seed management; (iv) the need to anticipate and address constraints to the widespread adoption of rice and rice-based technologies; (v) inclusion of both men and women farmers in evaluating new salt-tolerant varieties; (vi) expansion of sunflower production as a suitable crop for saline areas, after rice; and (vii) the need to evaluate additional crops adapted to these saline areas and which have a high market value.

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Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Policy, planning and management at the land-water interface. Author(s): Szuster, B. Hoanh, C. T. Kam, S. P. Ismail, A. M. Noble, A. Borger, M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 13) Aquatic resources and environmental variability in Bac Lieu Province (southern Vietnam). Author(s): Baran, E. Chheng, P. Warry, F. Toan, V. T. Hung, H. P. Hoanh, C. T.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 33) Integrating aquaculture in coastal river planning: the case of Dagupan City, Philippines. Author(s): Andalecio, M. N. Cruz, P. S.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 48) Evolution of shrimp aquaculture systems in the coastal zones of Bangladesh and Vietnam: a comparison. Author(s): Joffre, O. Prein, M. Tung, P. B. V. Saha, S. B. Hao, N. V. Alam, M. J.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 64) Ecological risk assessment of an alien aquatic species: a case study of Litopenaeus vannamei (Pacific whiteleg shrimp) aquaculture in the Bangpakong River, Thailand. Author(s): Senanan, W. Panutrakul, S. Barnette, P. Manthachitra, V. Chavanich, S. Kapuscinski, A. R. Tangkrock-Olan, N. Intacharoen, P. Viyakarn, V. Wongwiwatanawute, C. Padetpai, K.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 80) Ability of Litopenaeus vannamei to survive and compete with local marine shrimp species in the Bangpakong River, Thailand. Author(s): Panutrakul, S. Senanan, W. Chavanich, S. Tangkrock-Olan, N. Viyakarn, V.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 93) Improving the productivity of the rice-shrimp system in the south-west coastal region of Bangladesh. Author(s): Alam, M. J. Islam, M. L. Saha, S. B. Tuong, T. P. Joffre, O.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 106) Zooplankton dynamics and appropriate management approach for blue swimming crab in Kung Krabaen Bay, Thailand. Author(s): Tantichaiwanit, W. Gajaseni, N. Piumsomboom, A. Kunsook, C.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 117) Rebuilding resilient shrimp aquaculture in South-east Asia: disease management, coastal ecology and decision making. Author(s): Bush, S. R. Zwieten, P. A. M. van Visser, L. Dijk, H. van Bosma, R. Boer, F. de Verdegem, M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 133) Integrated management of aquatic resources: a Bayesian approach to water control and trade-offs in Southern Vietnam. Author(s): Baran, E. Jantunen, T. Chheng, P. Hoanh, C. T.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 144) Soil characteristics of saline and non-saline deltas of Bangladesh. Author(s): Saleque, M. A. Uddin, M. K. Salam, M. A. Ismail, A. M. Haefele, S. M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 154) Designing resilient rice varieties for coastal deltas using modern breeding tools. Author(s): Ismail, A. M. Thomson, M. J. Vergara, G. V. Rahman, M. A. Singh, R. K. Gregorio, G. B. Mackill, D. J.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 166) The right rice in the right place: systematic exchange and farmer-based evaluation of rice germplasm for salt-affected areas. Author(s): Singh, R. K. RedoƱa, E. Gregorio, G. B. Salam, M. A. Islam, M. R. Singh, D. P. Sen, P. Saha, S. Mahata, K. R. Sharma, S. G. Pandey, M. P. Sajise, A. G. Mendoza, R. D. Toledo, M. C. Dante, A. Ismail, A. M. Paris, T. R. Haefele, S. M. Thomson, M. J. Zolvinski, S. Singh, Y. P. Nayak, A. K. Singh, R. B. Mishra, V. K. Sharma, D. K. Gautam, R. K. (et al)
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 183) Rice varieties and cultural management practices for high and sustained productivity in the coastal wetlands of southern Bangladesh. Author(s): Salam, M. A. Islam, M. R. Rahman, M. S. Rahman, M. A. Bhuiyan, M. A. R. Seraj, Z. I. Aditya, T. L. Uddin, M. K. Mondal, M. K. Ismail, A. M. Adorada, D. L. Mendoza, R. D. Tumimbang-Raiz, E. B. Gregorio, G. B.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 199) Boro rice for food security in coastal West Bengal, India. Author(s): Roy, S. K. B.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 209) Strategies for improving and stabilizing rice productivity in the coastal zones of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Author(s): Lang, N. T. Buu, B. C. Viet, N. V. Ismail, A. M.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 223) Diversified cropping systems in a coastal province of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: from testing to outscaling. Author(s): Ni, D. V. Phat, T. D. Lu, T. Tung, P. B. V. Ben, D. C. Vu, D. H. Thai, P. H. Giang, P. H. Tuong, T. P.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 239) Improving rice productivity in the coastal saline soils of the Mahanadi Delta of India through integrated nutrient management. Author(s): Mahata, K. R. Singh, D. P. Saha, S. Ismail, A. M. Haefele, S. M.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 249) Crop diversification for improving water productivity and rural livelihoods in coastal saline soils of the Mahanadi Delta, India. Author(s): Singh, D. P. Mahata, K. R. Saha, S. Ismail, A. M.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 264) Water supply and demand for dry-season rice in the coastal polders of Bangladesh. Author(s): Mondal, M. K. Tuong, T. P. Sharifullah, A. K. M. Sattar, M. A.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 279) An analysis of environmental policy strategies for coastal land conservation in Thailand. Author(s): Pongthanapanich, T.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 293) Conflicts and governance: perspectives on an eastern and western coastal wetland in India. Author(s): Narayanan, N. C.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 307) Farmers' assessment of resource management and farm-level technological interventions in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Author(s): Can, N. D. Khiem, N. T. Hossain, M. Tuong, T. P.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 335) Participatory management of coastal resources: a case study of Baganchra-Badurgacha subproject in the South-west of Bangladesh. Author(s): Islam, M. N. Rinfret, J. R. Islam, Q. R.
Chapter: 26 (Page no: 350) Learning to build resilient coastal communities: post-tsunami recovery in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Author(s): Larsen, R. K. Thomalla, F. Miller, F.
Chapter: 27 (Page no: 367) Social vulnerability to coastal hazards in South-east Asia: a synthesis of research insights. Author(s): Zou, L. Thomalla, F.
Chapter: 28 (Page no: 384) An extended hydrological classification for mangrove rehabilitation projects: a case study in Vietnam. Author(s): Dijksma, R. Loon, A. F. van Mensvoort, M. E. F. van Huijgevoort, M. H. J. van Brake, B. te
Chapter: 29 (Page no: 398) Coastal transects analysis of Chao Phraya Delta, Thailand. Author(s): Chuenpagdee, R. Traesupap, S. Juntarashote, K.
Chapter: 30 (Page no: 409) Mangrove system sustainability: public incentives and local strategies in West Africa. Author(s): Cormier-Salem, M. C. Bernatets, C. Sarr, O.
Chapter: 31 (Page no: 422) Assessing the impact of small-scale coastal embankments: a case study of an LGED polder in Bangladesh. Author(s): Chowdhury, A. K. M. Jenkins, S. A. M. Hossain, M.
Chapter: 32 (Page no: 436) Dynamics of livelihoods and resource use strategies in different ecosystems of the coastal zones of Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam. Author(s): Khiem, N. T. Hossain, M.
Chapter: 33 (Page no: 448) Utilization of aquatic resources along the North Brazilian coast with special reference to mangroves as fish nurseries. Author(s): Saint-Paul, U. Barletta, M.