This study evaluates the efficacy of Improved Forest Management for Sustainable Livelihoods Program in communities adjacent to Mua-Livulezi Forest Reserve, Malawi. The program is specifically aimed at alleviating poverty and enhance rural livelihoods through promoting greater community involvement in forest management while providing access and associated benefits. The study therefore evaluated the effect of the program on community organisation, forest access, forest use, product availability and commercialisation of forest products. The results show that despite the program putting in place strategies for the people to access different products for different uses; forest use is restricted mainly to subsistence use rather than cash income. The main forest product collected by the people for livelihood was firewood, mainly for cooking and heating. This is an indication that forests are an important natural capital for subsistence rather than cash income. Gender, location of the village, and distance to the nearest forest area were significant predictors of households’ forest use. Introduction of the co-management program has not brought out the expected outcomes in areas of community organization, forest access, forest product availability and commercialisation of forest products. A multi-institutional approach is recommended to draw upon diverse talents and experiences from individual institutions both government and non-governmental in order to achieve meaningful social change.
Chirwa, Paxie W.; Phiri, M.; Watts, S.; Syampungani, Stephen(Southern African Institute of Forestry (SAIF), 2012-04)
This study conducted at Dambwa Forest Reserve in Livingstone, Zambia, evaluated the perception of local people
about joint management of the forest reserve in the area and if there had been improvements to the livelihoods
Assessing the socio-economic sustainability of small scale forest plantations provides the basis
for monitoring compliance with sustainable forest management principles and prescription of
appropriate interventions. ...
Hawkes, Peter G.; Garcia, Francisco Hita; Alpert, Gary D.(Pensoft, 2014-10-16)
The taxonomy of the genus Proceratium Roger is updated for the Afrotropical region. We give an overview
of the genus in the region, provide an illustrated identification key to the three clades (P. arnoldi, P. stictum