An assessment of People’s Perceptions on Deforestation and Climate Variability and Change in Kisarawe District

Cornel, Joseph Andrew (2015) An assessment of People’s Perceptions on Deforestation and Climate Variability and Change in Kisarawe District. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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This research aimed to assess perceptions of people surrounding Kazimzumbwi Forest Reserve and neighboring areas on the contribution of deforestation on climate variability and change in the area. Focus Group Discussions and in-depth interviews with key informants as well as non- participant observations were used to collect Qualitative data that was complemented by other documentary review from other studies. Both closed and open-ended questionnaires were also used to capture people’s perceptions regarding the study. The Qualitative and Quantitative information collected was integrated and synthesized to make this research.Qualitative information collected from FGD and in-depth interviews was analyzed by means of thematic and content analysis while Quantitative data was analyzed by Exploratory Data Analysis. Research findings revealed people’s perceptions that; increased peasant agriculture, firewood collection and charcoal burning have massively contributed to deforestation of Kazimzumbwi Forest Reserve (KFR). As a result, due to such deforestation there has been a substantial increase in temperature condition and the rain is somewhat unpredictable. For sustainability of KFR, there is a need for training on REDD and related concepts in all villages through training of trainers (TOT) where REDD professionals may train selected villagers (to become Para professionals) who will in turn train other villagers in their villages. Feasible livelihood option is ought to be advised in the community so as to give a room to the re-growing KFR.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Sciences Technology and Environmental Studies > Department of Environmental Studies
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 16:53
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 16:53

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