Factor Affecting Communityís Participation in Forest Resource Conservation: Klongsai Village, Wang Nam Khiao Sub-district, Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
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The research aimed to study social and economic conditions, related factors that affect the communityís participation in forest conservation activities and to study the problems and obstacles. The study was conducted through inter- view sixty-five families in Klongsai Village, Wang Nam Khiao Sub-district, Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. It was found that most household of the samples were male. The average age was 48 years old. Almost all of them were immigrants and had graduated from primary school. The main career was growing crops. Factors affecting communityís participation in forest conservation activities were gender, education, benefit from forest use and the villagerís attitude towards their leader with statistical significance level at 0.05. Problems and obstacles were caused by both villagers (e.g., they could not give all their best in forest conservation because they had to struggle for food and shelters), and government agencies (e.g., they were not sincere in helping villagers prolong their conservation campaign). To conserve forest resources in Moo Ban Klongsai, government organizations should reconsider their previous performances and enhance local peopleís awareness in forest resource conservation and supporting more cooperation between government organizations and local community and connecting other government sectors. It could be expected that to reach enduring forest conservation, government sectors should provide local people long term occupations, health services and infrastructure to ensure that they will not illegally encroach forest resources in the future.
Keywords: Communityís Participation, Forest Resource Conservation
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