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Mixed method approaches to evaluate conservation impact: evidence from decentralized forest management in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Lund, Jens Friis
dc.contributor.author Burgess, Neil D.
dc.contributor.author Chamshama, Shabani A. O.
dc.contributor.author Dons, Klaus
dc.contributor.author Isango, Jack A.
dc.contributor.author Kajembe, George C.
dc.contributor.author Meilby, Henrik
dc.contributor.author Moyo, Francis
dc.contributor.author Ngaga, Yonika M.
dc.contributor.author Ngowi, Stephen E.
dc.contributor.author Njana, Marco A.
dc.contributor.author Mwakalukwa, Ezekiel E.
dc.contributor.author Skeie, Kathrine
dc.contributor.author Theilade, Ida
dc.contributor.author Treue, Thorsten
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-27T07:52:24Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-27T07:52:24Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06-01
dc.identifier.other doi:10.1017/S0376892914000241
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/462
dc.description This article is available at http://www.doi.org/10.1017/S0376892914000241 en_US
dc.description.abstract Nearly 10% of the world’s total forest area is formally owned by communities and indigenous groups, yet knowledge of the effects of decentralized forest management approaches on conservation (and livelihood) impacts remains elusive. In this paper, the conservation impact of decentralized forest management on two forests in Tanzania was evaluated using a mixed method approach. Current forest condition, forest increment and forest use patterns were assessed through forest inventories, and changes in forest disturbance levels before and after the implementation of decentralized forest management were assessed on the basis of analyses of Landsat images. This biophysical evidence was then linked to changes in actual management practices, assessed through records, interviews and participatory observations, to provide ameasure of the conservation impact of the policy change. Both forests in the study were found to be in good condition, and extraction was lower than overall forest increment. Divergent changes in forest disturbance levels were in evidence following the implementation of decentralized forest management. The evidence from records, interviews and participatory observations indicated that decentralized management had led to increased control of forest use and the observed divergence in forest disturbance levels appeared to be linked to differences in theway that village-level forest managers prioritized conservation objectives and forest-based livelihood strategies. The study illustrates that a mixed methods approach comprises a valid and promising way to evaluate impacts of conservation policies, even in the absence of control sites. By carefully linking policy outcomes to policy outputs, such an approach not onlyidentifies whether such policies work as intended, but also potential mechanisms. en_US
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dc.publisher Foundation for Environmental Conservation en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Conservation impact en_US
dc.subject Forest management en_US
dc.subject Impact evaluation en_US
dc.subject Inventory en_US
dc.subject Policy en_US
dc.title Mixed method approaches to evaluate conservation impact: evidence from decentralized forest management in Tanzania en_US
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