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Influence of Community Forest Association Activities on Dryland Resources Management: Case of Kibwezi Forest in Kenya
International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages: 119-128
Received: Aug. 6, 2020; Accepted: Aug. 17, 2020; Published: Sep. 3, 2020
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John Mwendwa Mugambi, Department of Languages and Humanities, School of Social Sciences, Mount Kenya University, Nairobi, Kenya
Jane Kagendo, Department of Languages and Humanities, School of Social Sciences, Mount Kenya University, Nairobi, Kenya
Mulaha Kweyu, Department of Geography, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Musingo Tito Edward Mbuvi, Department of Research and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Kenya Forest Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
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Gazetted forests in Kenya are owned and managed by the government through Kenya Forest Service. Other stakeholders including communities formally participate in forest management through Participatory Forest Management, concessions and leasehold. In each management regime the forest has to be well managed and the community continue accessing forest products. The aim of this paper was to investigate whether Community Forest Association activities lead to improved forest cover in a leased forest. The study adopted a descriptive survey design where both qualitative data and satellite data was collected. A sample size of 139 individuals was issued with questionnaires and 5 key informants were interviewed. Satellite imagery was used to quantify changes and trends in forest cover of Kibwezi forest for ten years. Findings of the study established that infrastructural development had a great effect on destruction of forest cover in Kibwezi forest. There was significance relationship between community participation and improvement of forest since Chi square results were (χ2 =27.631, df=9, 0.001). This research recommends that there should be deliberate action by stakeholders to give community forest association incentives to operate optimally. The improvement of the forest was partially contributed by presence of community forest association during inception of project but later David Sheldrick Trust which fenced the forest.
Community Forest Association, Leasehold, Forest-cover, Forest Destruction, Conservation, Incentives
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John Mwendwa Mugambi, Jane Kagendo, Mulaha Kweyu, Musingo Tito Edward Mbuvi, Influence of Community Forest Association Activities on Dryland Resources Management: Case of Kibwezi Forest in Kenya, International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 119-128. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnrem.20200503.16
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