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Practices, challenges and opportunities of sustainable forest management in nono sele woreda, southwest Ethiopia

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Solomon Tadesse and Tekalign Assefa
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Social Sciences and Humanities
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Ethiopian montane rainforests are economically valuable repositories of biodiversity, especially of wild Coffea Arabica populations, and they are vanishing at accelerating rates. The general objective of this study was to examine the existing sustainable forest management practices, challenges and opportunities in Nono Sele woreda, southwest of Ethiopia. A two-stage random sampling technique was employed to select the 241 sampled households from five rural kebeles. Questionnaire survey, key informants interview, focus group discussions and personal observation were employed to collect primary data. The Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS version 23) was used to analyze the data. Results revealed that the major sustainable forest management practice were both indigenous practices namely, Kobo system and other conservation ways includes exercise non-timber forest production, implementation of PFM project, controlling forest fire, creating environmental awareness to manage the natural forests. The findings also indicated that increase demand for farmland, rising demand for coffee prices, lack of management system and weak institutional arrangement were the main challenges to sustainable forest management, while ecotourism, economic benefits, ecological benefit and REDD+ implementation identified as the potential opportunities of sustainable forest management in the study area. Thus, this study suggests that the government should acknowledge and integrate indigenous forest management practice into future sustainable forest management and conservation strategies.

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