Local Communities’ Attitude Toward Community Based Forest Management: The Case of Jello Forest, West Hararghe Zone, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia
American Journal of Environmental Protection
Volume 8, Issue 4, August 2019, Pages: 78-86
Received: Aug. 12, 2019; Accepted: Aug. 26, 2019; Published: Sep. 11, 2019
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Mufedei Mohammed Kasim, College of Natural Resource and Environmental Science, Oda Bultum University, Chiro, Ethiopia
Najib Umar Hussen, College of Natural Resource and Environmental Science, Oda Bultum University, Chiro, Ethiopia
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Managing forest through local participation is a phenomenon that emerged over recent decades as a remedial measure to the old (top down) form of forest management. One of the core concepts in this Participatory forest management (PFM) is improving sense of ownership by empowering forest dependent communities as both developer and beneficiaries of forest resources. Accordingly this research was under taken on Jello forest in Western Hararghe zone, Oromia regional state, with the objective of studying local communities’ attitude towards PFM approach and improvements in the forest dependent communities sense of ownership toward the forest. A total of 172 sampled respondents were randomly selected from both non-PFM and PFM member households. Data were collected from sampled households using Household survey questionnaire, key informant interview and focus group discussion. Qualitative data were analyzed using content and discourse analyses; whereas quantitative data were analyzed by descriptive statistics using R-statistical software. Accordingly the result of household survey, focus group discussion and key informant interview were revealed that local communities have positive attitude towards PFM and after the PFM was introduced local communities’ sense of ownership toward the forest has significantly improved. About 70% of non- PFM and 85% of PFM members were strongly agreed that the establishment of PFM has improved local communities’ sense of ownership towards the forest. Based on the findings of this study it could be concluded that PFM is effective in improving local communities sense of ownership towards the forest an effectively compensate the short comings of centralized forest management system.
Participatory Forest Management, Attitude, Participation, Sustainable Development, Jello Forest
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Mufedei Mohammed Kasim, Najib Umar Hussen, Local Communities’ Attitude Toward Community Based Forest Management: The Case of Jello Forest, West Hararghe Zone, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia, American Journal of Environmental Protection. Special Issue: Enhancing Natural Resource Conservation for Sustainable Development. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2019, pp. 78-86. doi: 10.11648/j.ajep.20190804.11
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