Understanding Local Skeptism of Forest Conservation Partnerships in Tanzania

Authors: Asubisye Mwamfupe*,
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Development, Environment
Keywords: CBFM, socio-ecological benefits, skepticism, forest conservation, sustainability partnerships
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Roosevelt 3, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) advocates empowering local communities to take central role in forest governance and as well benefit from socio-ecological outcomes. Several villages in Kilwa district south of Tanzania have subscribed to CBFM arrangements with the expectation of enjoying tangible socio-economic benefits through improved forest governance. However, some villages have been hesitant to join CBFM, while some which have been carrying out CBFM have started to question the sustainability of these initiatives. This paper aims at improving our understanding of the skepticism arising amongst local communities in relation to CBFM. Data collection included a survey of households, key Informant interviews, focus group discussions and secondary document review. This data was then analyzed through a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. The paper concludes that the success of CBFM initiatives impinge on their ability to guarantee socio-ecological sustainability outcomes that benefit the communities that carry out this form of forest governance.

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