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"International Journal of Geography, Geology and Environment"

2020, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Part A

Socioeconomic factors that favour forest conservation reducing forest dependency of local communities in developing countries: Lesson learnt from the Rangamati hill district in Bangladesh


Author(s): Morgubatul Jannat, Mohammed Kamal Hossain and Mohammad Main Uddin

Abstract: Forests provide direct and indirect economic benefits to forest dependent communities in the world, especially in the developing countries contributing to the national economy. Present study was conducted to explore the socioeconomic status and factors favoring forest conservation and influencing people’s dependency on forest resources in the Rangamati hill district of Bangladesh. The study was based on Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and socioeconomic survey through semi-structured questionnaire. Using generalized logistic regressions (GLR), this study has investigated the socioeconomic factors that favour forest conservation and influence people’s dependency on forest resources. The study revealed that peoples’ income from forest and forest-related occupations were positively aligned with their forest dependency. However, their education level significantly reduced their dependency on forest resources. Thus, educating the forest-dependent people, empowering the local and co-management communities and supporting alternative income generation activities may be an option for effective forest management and conservation. This study represents an important pioneer step in taking a holistic view of the peoples’ dependency on forest resources which might be helpful for policy makers in future to ensure sustainable forest management and conservation in developing countries like Bangladesh.

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Morgubatul Jannat, Mohammed Kamal Hossain and Mohammad Main Uddin. Socioeconomic factors that favour forest conservation reducing forest dependency of local communities in developing countries: Lesson learnt from the Rangamati hill district in Bangladesh. International Journal of Geography, Geology and Environment. 2020; 2(1): 28-33.
International Journal of Geography, Geology and Environment