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Title:Some legal problems concerning soil conservation and range management in Lesotho
Author:Witzsch, G.
Periodical:Lesotho Law Journal: A Journal of Law and Development (ISSN 0255-6472)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Lesotho
Southern Africa
Subjects:environmental law
Soil conservation
Resources management
Abstract:Probably the most pressing problem Lesotho faces is soil erosion, caused mainly by human activities, in particular poor crop production techniques and overgrazing, intensified by natural causes, such as rain and wind. A number of scientific studies have been undertaken to highlight these problems and many recommendations for conservation measures have been made. This paper limits itself to some of the legal problems that have arisen out of legislative enactments concerning soil conservation and range management. It describes the protection of forests under the Forest Act, 1978, and the Forest Regulations, 1980; environmental protection under the Laws of Lerotholi, a collection of rules in part of customary law, established in the period 1903-1959; and soil conservation under the Land Husbandry Act, 1969, and the Range Management and Grazing Control Regulations, 1980. It is recommended that the Government envisage a complete overhaul of its legislative pronouncements in the field of soil conservation and range management. The Minister of Agriculture is urged to use the wide regulatory powers given to him in section 4 of the Land Husbandry Act. Notes, ref.