Land Resource Conservation in Kabeerah sub district, Ottmah District, Dhamar Governorate
Land Resource Conservation in Kabeerah sub district, Ottmah District, Dhamar Governorate
Kabeerah sub district is located in the western part of Ottma district, governorate of Dhamar. Ottma was declared protected Area in 1998. The district is well known with its difficult topography, steep mountains 80% on the average. For the purpose of cultivation, old generation built up terraces against mountain slopes for conserving soil and water for growing crops (Cereals and Coffee) and raising livestock for subsistence. The total population of the sub district is 6000 inhabitant in 450 families evenly distributed on mountain massive where terraces are built and water springs occur. Local community depends on natural vegetation for grazing their animals, firewood for cooking and timber for housing. Such uses caused severe decline of vegetation, soil erosion and terraces degradation. Soil erosion is considered community priority especially when exacerbated by newly established road that upset traditional drainage system of ran water into the main Wadis. Conversion of drainage towards terraces caused its breakdown to a level overwhelming community capability to maintain terrace system.
In the last 2-3 decades, occasional irregular rainfall with some heavy rains (happened once) cause an ever before damage to terrace system in most location in the mountain slope. This cause blockage to lower Wadi system that claim most of the land located on Wadi banks. Local Community proposed various activities and procedures to solve the erosion problem and limit its impact. Of these interventions are rehabilitation of water drainage courses to resume its traditional paths in the already established drainage system away from terraces; rehabilitation of Wadi beds (including removal of natural barrier, build stone dykes and strengthening them with Gabions); assist local community to harvest water for domestic uses and limited agriculture, improve water collection efficiency from natural springs through building water collection tanks, Improve fuel wood efficiency through improves firewood stoves (40-50% fuel wood saving) and improve local kitchen condition for women health and raise awareness’s among resources users towards factors exacerbating land degradation and measures that could lead to mitigating land erosion impact.
The project will adopt revolving fund policy by 100%. A total recovery of overall investment in building material is likely to be within 5 years. %. The collected fund will be embarked in the revolving funds box to allow new beneficiaries of getting the same treatment to build their water harvesting. The same mechanism applied in the spring and improved fuel-wood stoves.

Project Snapshot

Community Development Committee
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 37,392.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 20,448.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 120,175.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Impact
Governement polict is to encourage rural community to live in rural area hence taking care of their land and producing more food for market.
Notable Community Participation
Local Community is participating in this project in designing and implementing the project. Most of the work will be carried out by community themselves.
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Participatory Rural Development Project

Grantee Contact

Mr. Abdul Malik Hayder Al-Majel
Phone: 712486880


Kabeerah Sub District
Ottmah District , Dhamar ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Omar Ali Saeed Al Saghier
+ 967 448605 Extn. 440
+ 967 448841
Mr. Bashar Sallam
00967 (1) 448605/6 Extn. 441


C/o UNDP, 60 meter Road, P. O. Box 551
Sana'a, Sana'a