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Factors Associated with the Performance of User Groups in a Participatory Forest Management around Dodola Forest in the Bale Mountains, Southern Ethiopia

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  • Yemiru Tesfaye
  • Anders Roos
  • Bruce J. Campbell
  • Folke Bohlin

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This study analysed and determined factors associated with performance in collective action of a forest under participatory forest management in Southern Ethiopia. Data were collected in 22 user groups and a performance index was computed using indicators including forest cover change, households' perception of the change and satisfaction in their livelihoods, management activity, and length of overdue rent payment. The results show that heterogeneity, level of forest dependence and geographical variables such as altitude and distance to town are important variables that may affect the performance of user groups. The findings indicate the importance of taking into account the needs of members of user groups, differences among local people in dependence on forest income, and differences in values attached to the forest in the design of participatory forest management.

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  • Yemiru Tesfaye & Anders Roos & Bruce J. Campbell & Folke Bohlin, 2012. "Factors Associated with the Performance of User Groups in a Participatory Forest Management around Dodola Forest in the Bale Mountains, Southern Ethiopia," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(11), pages 1665-1682, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:11:p:1665-1682
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2012.714123
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