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Lessons for REDD+ implementation: Insights from assessment of forest governance in the joint forest management system in Zambia

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Jane Musole Kwenye, Nelly Chunda-Mwango

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 2), 1-10, February 2018


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To draw lessons for informing strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and fostering conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+), this study assessed community members’ perceptions of the quality of forest governance in the joint forest management program relative to the ideal forest governance quality using the Katanino Joint Forest Management study area in Zambia. The study focused on six elements of good governance, namely participation, transparency, accountability, equity, efficiency and effectiveness. Using a two stage sampling procedure, data for this study was collected using questionnaires administered to 120 randomly selected community members who participated in the Joint Forest Management program in Serenje, Biwa and Bwengo villages of Katanino Joint Forest Management pilot area. Results showed considerable gaps between ideal quality of forest governance and the perceived quality of forest governance. One sample t-test results showed that the perceived quality of all the six governance elements were statistically different from the ideal quality of forest governance at the 95 % confidence interval, participation (t (119) = -76, ρ < 0.05), transparency (t (119) = -130, ρ < 0.05), accountability (t (119) = -82, ρ < 0.05), equity (t (119) = -53.47, ρ < 0.05), effectiveness (t (119) = -60, ρ < 0.05), efficiency (t (119) = -87, ρ < 0.05). Implications of these findings are highlighted through a governance lens to inform strategies for REDD+ implementation.


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