Explaining the Determinants of Community Based Forest Management: Evidence from Alamata, Ethiopia

Tadesse Engida, Abay Tafere Mengistu


In Ethiopia, community forest management (CFM) programme is adopted and implemented through participation of households in and around the forest for decades. The objective of this study was to assess the determinant factors of household participation level in community forest management. More specifically, it aimed to identify the effects of demographic, bio-physical and economic factors on households’ level of participation. To achieve the objectives of the study, data were collected from 157 household respondents from different sampling units. A logistic regression model was employed to determine the relative importance of variables. From the demographic factors, age, gender, level of education and family size were found to have a significant effect on the level of participation. From the biophysical factors distance from forest and location, a place where the respondents locate is found to have a strong power to explain household’s level of participation in community forest management (CFM). The economic variable which is measured in terms of household’s economic benefit from forest has also a significant effect. The findings have implications on identifying and formulating effective strategies for improving the participation level of households in forest management there by lessening the main causes of forest depletion.


Community forest management, Natural resource management, Sustainable development

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11634/233028791402431


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International Journal of Community Development

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