Factors determining participatory forest management practices in Dawro Zone Essera District, Ethiopia


B.T. Amenu*, G.S. Mamo and B.A. Amamo

The livelihood of most rural people of developing countries is strongly linked to natural resources like forest. Currently problems related to environment and climate changes like land degradation, deforestation, over extraction of both renewable and nonrenewable natural resources are a controversial issue throughout the globe particularly in least developed countries (LDCs) since the lives of the people directly and indirectly depend on the existence of these resources. The current study was conducted in Essera district of Dawro whose objective was to scrutinize the factors that determine participatory forest management practices. In order to furnish this research, the researcher employed both qualitative and quantitative data types. Forest user’s participation in community forest management in the study area was determined by demographic, economic and bio-physical factors. Participatory forest management strategy will be a feasible measure that could restructure the problem of forest destruction and it is believed to be successful if it is based on the interest, willingness and context of the forest users.

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