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Determinants of Individual Level Satisfaction with Community Based Natural Resources Management: A Case of Five Communities in Namibia

Center for African Studies and School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida, FL 32611, USA
Academic Editor: Yu-Pin Lin
Environments 2015, 2(4), 608-623; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments2040608
Received: 2 July 2015 / Revised: 23 November 2015 / Accepted: 27 November 2015 / Published: 10 December 2015
Using a logistic regression model, this paper examines key factors that influence individual support for communal conservancies in Namibia. It tests the hypothesis that if individuals are compensated for their wildlife related losses, they are more likely to support community based wildlife management projects. Data for this study were collected from 472 members of five conservancies in the Caprivi Region of Namibia. Respondents were selected through convenience sampling. The key findings are that receiving meat, activity during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and being a member of a specific conservancy are the key predictors of satisfaction with the conservancy among the respondents. On the other hand, cash and jobs have no significant impact on individual attitudes toward communal conservancies. Based on these findings, the paper argues that the focus on incentives omits broader factors that motivate individuals to participate in community-based conservation. View Full-Text
Keywords: incentives; community; conservation; satisfaction incentives; community; conservation; satisfaction
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Muyengwa, S. Determinants of Individual Level Satisfaction with Community Based Natural Resources Management: A Case of Five Communities in Namibia. Environments 2015, 2, 608-623.

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