Protected Area- People Relationship (2013)

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This study found that local people in and around the PWR have negative attitude towards reserve and buffer zone. Only 34% liked the presence of reserve with attitudinal scale score of 3.22. 42% of the respondents were happy to be included in the buffer zone with attitudinal scale score of 3.43. The reason for disliking the reserve was mainly due to crop and livestock depredation, restrictions in resource use, fear of wildlife attack, arrest, prosecution etc. Reason of liking the reserve was due to opportunities for natural resource use, biodiversity conservation, tourism/business, feeling of security etc. Most problematic animal was found to be Cheetal (Axis axis) and the highest amount of crop damage was found to be maize followed by rice, lentil and mustard. The compensation mechanism for crop and livestock depredation was very poor and almost all of the residents do not know the provision of compensation procedure. 8 types of resources were used by the residents of PWR which was highest for fuel wood and fodder, respectively. Conservation activities were more active in Amlekhgunj buffer zone area than in Nirmal Basti buffer zone.
Language: English
Pages: 76
Kathmandu, Nepal: 2013. - 76

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