Posted by: Bob Payne | September 4, 2011

Conservation of forests: Incentives should trickle down to local people

Human activities have, for many years, been central to forests depletion in many parts of the country. Activities such as tree felling for energy, agriculture, human settlement, wild fire, pastoralists, hunting and mining activities have, for example contributed to losing more than 6,184,000 hectares of forest resource from 1990 until 2005. The lost part of the forest is equivalent to more than 14.9 per cent of all the forests in the country. Other factors that contribute to deforestation include rampant corruption, lack of good governance and poor implementation of policies and laws in the forest sector. However, there are some communities that are committed and determined to forest resource conservation, but they have never been recognized, let alone receive financial support to motivate them to carry on with their good work and for others to emulate their idea.


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