Women participation in community based forest management in the context of climate change: a case of Vikindu forest reserve, Mkuranga district, Tanzania.

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study present findings on the Women Participation in Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) in the Context of Climate Change; A Case of Vikindu Forest Reserve, Mkuranga District, Tanzania. The main objective was to widen the understanding of women’s participation in Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) in the context of climate change with a focus on Vikindu Forests Reserve in Mkuranga District, Tanzania. The specific objectives were to identify the CBFM practices implemented in Vikindu Forest Reserve in the District, to assess the extent of women’s participation in the CBFM, to examine factors affecting women’s participation in CBFM and to determine the contribution of women’s participation in improving CBFM practices in Mkuranga District. The study deployed both qualitative and quantitative research approach to reflect mixed research design. And the study adopted a purposive sampling technique where a structured questionnaire with close and open ended questions and checklist for FGD and KII were used to collect primary information from a sample size of 10% of the total targeted respondents. Data analysis was done using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). Descriptive statistics such as means, frequencies and percentage were computed and presented in tables, graphs and figures. The study shows that in spite of research being based on issues affecting women in male dominated coastal societies, yet the turnout of male population was significant at 46.9% of all respondents in the four villages. The study also discovered that there was a significant correlation between socio-economic beliefs and the role women play in CBFM as in any other resource management scheme which is dominated by male. Thus, the level of participation among women in the surveyed villages is ranked from low to medium due to different challenges women encountered. Recommendation since the majority are aware on the issues of CBFM but not actively participating on CBFM practices there is a need for government and non Government organization to equip them with CBFM education that will not only enhance their understanding, but also encourage them to participate effectively in sustainable CBFM activities and strategies for better forest management paradigm, especially in the changing climate.
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Forest and foresting, Women in forestry, Forest conservation, Forest microclimatology, Economic aspect, People participation, Vikindu forest reserve, Mkuranga district, Tanzania
Donati, D. M. (2018). Women participation in community based forest management in the context of climate change: a case of Vikindu forest reserve, Mkuranga district, Tanzania. Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.