Soil and water conservation management is based on the Soil and Water Conservation Law, which was passed in March 1994. As the result
of changes in society and economic development, activities associated with the development of slopeland gradually became more complex. It became imperative for government agencies at all levels to improve their management of soil and water conservation.
In terms of administration, this was done through defining the operators, users or owners of slopeland as “the obligator for soil and water conservation” (hereinafter referred to as the obligator) making them directly responsible for drawing up conservation plans. The agency in charge would also conduct inspections and monitor use with the aim of “preventing disasters.” To prevent illegal development and encourage suitable exploitation of slopeland, the governments of special municipalities, counties and cities have been encouraged to enhance the mechanism of inspections and the enforcement of prohibitions. They should provide a variety of channels for reporting illegal development to broaden sources of information and enhance management structures, conducting annual evaluations of management efficiency with bonuses and certificates of recognition for those with a substantial record of success as a means of boosting morale among front line staff.