Investigating the role of NGOs in rural environmental protection in Mazandaran Province, Iran

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Investigating the role of NGOs in rural environmental protection in Mazandaran Province, Iran

Seyed Mehdi Ghanizadeh, Mehdi Charmchian Langerodi
J. Bio. Env. Sci.4( 2), 327-335, February 2014.
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The present study investigated the role of Non Government Organizations (NGOs) in rural environmental protection in Mazandaran province. The study adopted a descriptive and correlation approach. The population for the study was 896 people. The stratified random sampling using the Cochran test was applied and 205 subjects were selected for the study. The research instrument was a researcher-made questionnaire, the content validity of which was confirmed by the agricultural and extension experts and its reliability was calculated with Cronbach’s alpha formula which was 0.95. The results of data analysis indicate that the environmental protection level was 88.1% striking high and very high level. Considering the research findings, there was a significant positive relationship between the variables of technological, social, economic, management and cultural factors and the respondents’ environmental protection level; therefore, all these variables have a positive impact on environmental protection. But the organizational factor had a reverse effect on the environmental protection. Also, comparing the respondents’ mean scores of environmental protection, there are significant differences concerning their jobs. Therefore, career type has an impact on environmental protection. Based on the results of the stepwise regression analysis, 88% the respondents’ environmental protection changes were due to different variables of social factors, cultural factors, technological factors, organizational factors and income which are the best predictor of NGO members’ environmental protection level in rural areas of Mazandaran province.


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