- Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Brännlund, Runar; Sidibé, Amadou; Gong, Peichen
The main objective with this study is to investigate how different household characteristics, households' perceptions about the security of land use rights, and the households' proximity to forests affect the individual household's willingness to engage in activities that are meant to promote sustainable forest management in Burkina Faso. To achieve this objective we use a multinomial choice model of engagement (or non-engagement) in forest management activities based on household data from 4 villages surrounding the National Kabore Tambi Park in Burkina Faso. The results show that the participation by household members in forest conservation activities is mainly determined by the three variables that are related to policy: membership in community based forest management associations, security of land use rights, and training. The current training programs focus only on forest conservation practices. To be more efficient it should focus on increasing people's knowledge about the benefits due to conservation and the threats resulting from the lack of forest management. Furthermore the results indicate that improving land use right security would increase farmer's willingness to participate in forest management activities such as community work and forest surveillance. Thus particular attention should be paid to the prevailing system of land rights and its incentives, or disincentives, for promoting sustainable management of the forest resource. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Deforestation; Forest conservation; Burkina Faso
Forest Policy and Economics
2009, Volume: 11, number: 7, pages: 468-474
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
SDG15 Life on land