Determinants of participation of mangrove-dependent communities in mangrove conservation practices

Roy, Anjan Kumer Dev (2014) Determinants of participation of mangrove-dependent communities in mangrove conservation practices. Ocean and Coastal Management, 98. pp. 70-78. ISSN 0964-5691


This article examines the factors that influence conservation practices in the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans in Bangladesh. It explores the relationship between mangrove density reductions and past and present management practices. It is a cross-sectional study based on a close-ended structured questionnaire (n=412), measuring variables of interest from theory of property rights. Randomly selected cross-section of households in mangrove-dependent communities (MDCs) were interviewed. Results show that MDCs who engage in resource harvesting under the current property rights regime have less participation in, and lower motivation for, the conservation of mangrove resources. Strict management by the Forest Department results in lower commitment by the community to conservation. Conservation of resources could be achieved by the allocation of management roles to MDCs through expanded property rights. With the granting of these rights they would be very willing to engage in conservation management. The results suggest that constructing effective strategies to promote mangrove conservation require these two factors to be addressed if sustainable mangrove management is to be achieved.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 04:16
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 06:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh; Sundarbans; conservation management; forest management; mangrove; population density; property rights; resource use
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960605 Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.06.001

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