Attitudes And Perceptions Among Issey And Masese Communities Towards Conservation Of Forest Resources In Mau Forest Complex, Kenya

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ABSTRACT

Forests cover approximately 30% of the earth‘s land surface area and provide critical

ecosystem goods and services to mankind. However, forest cover in Kenya is among

the lowest in the world, currently at around 7.6%. The Mau Forest Complex is the

largest water tower in Kenya, but is threatened because of land use change and rapid

human population growth in the adjoining areas. The overall objective of this study

was to assess community attitudes and perception towards conservation of the Mau

Forest, and relate them to alternatives to forest resource use. Methodology for data

collection involved a case study survey. Semi-structured and structured questionnaires

were used to collect data from the local residents and Community Forest Association

officials, respectively. The hypotheses tested were that communities living in the

periphery of Mau Forest Complex have positive attitudes and perceptions towards the

forest and alternatives to forest resources, and that proximity influences the

community‘s attitudes towards the forest and people-wildlife conflicts. Pearson

correlation was used to find relationships between variables, and Chi-square test was

performed to determine statistical significance differences (p < 0.05) in responses

between the study areas (Masese and Issey). A total of 200 residents from Issey and

Masese areas of Bomet were interviewed. Men and female respondents interviewed

were 86% (n = 172) and 14% (n = 28), respectively. There were positive attitudes

towards the forest among most (89%) of the community members. As a result,

respondents were practicing some form of conservation of resources on their farms,

such as tree planting, and soil and water conservation. However, 60% of the

respondents indicated that they have had a bad experience with the forest, and people

wildlife-conflicts were causes of negative attitudes towards the forest. This study

gives a number of recommendations that can be used to foster forest conservation in

Kenya, such as training of residents about the environment, encouraging the use of

alternatives to forest resources, fostering local decision making and participation in

forest management, and compensation of losses as a result of wildlife invasion of

farms and homes. As elsewhere, these recommendations have the potential to create

positive attitudes towards the Mau Forest Complex and an apparent increase in

positive forest interactions and behavior that will ultimately lead to forest conservation and well-being in Kenya.

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Research, S. & NYATICHI, N (2021). Attitudes And Perceptions Among Issey And Masese Communities Towards Conservation Of Forest Resources In Mau Forest Complex, Kenya. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/attitudes-and-perceptions-among-issey-and-masese-communities-towards-conservation-of-forest-resources-in-mau-forest-complex-kenya

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Research, SSA, and NYANGWESO NYATICHI "Attitudes And Perceptions Among Issey And Masese Communities Towards Conservation Of Forest Resources In Mau Forest Complex, Kenya" Afribary. Afribary, 28 May. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/attitudes-and-perceptions-among-issey-and-masese-communities-towards-conservation-of-forest-resources-in-mau-forest-complex-kenya. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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Research, SSA, and NYANGWESO NYATICHI . "Attitudes And Perceptions Among Issey And Masese Communities Towards Conservation Of Forest Resources In Mau Forest Complex, Kenya". Afribary, Afribary, 28 May. 2021. Web. 26 Sep. 2022. < https://afribary.com/works/attitudes-and-perceptions-among-issey-and-masese-communities-towards-conservation-of-forest-resources-in-mau-forest-complex-kenya >.

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Research, SSA and NYATICHI, NYANGWESO . "Attitudes And Perceptions Among Issey And Masese Communities Towards Conservation Of Forest Resources In Mau Forest Complex, Kenya" Afribary (2021). Accessed September 26, 2022. https://afribary.com/works/attitudes-and-perceptions-among-issey-and-masese-communities-towards-conservation-of-forest-resources-in-mau-forest-complex-kenya