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Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
  Year: 2015 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 172-179
DOI: 10.3923/jest.2015.172.179
Woody Species Diversity, Management and Contribution of Local Community in Protected Forest of Kuneba District, Afar Region Ethiopia
J. Tefera, E. Minyishaw, F. Kebenu, A. Nurhusen and M. Gufran Khan

Abstract:
Traditional forest management practices as adapted by local community are considered as ancient form of forest management systems and utilization in Ethiopia. The community protected forest as located in Kuneba wereda, Afar regional state (Ethiopia) is one of such forest where local community plays a vital role in its conservation and management. The present study was carried out to study the woody species diversity, the structural parameters (density, frequency, important value index and basal area) of woody species and contribution of local community to manage community protected forests at the study area. Both primary and secondary data were collected from the study area through household, key informants and woreda offices, respectively Field survey was also conducted to identify the present status of the forest. The data on structure, composition and woody species diversity in the study area were collected from 40 plots, which shown a total of 29 woody species in the study area. The composition, Shannon and Simpson diversity indices and evenness were also determined. Acacia tortilis (Eibito) was found as dominant woody species in the forest. It was learnt that the local communities manage the forest tree species in traditional ways for the benefits they derive from the forest. The continuous management practices in the forest and its consequences brought about the suppression of tree regeneration, reducing tree density eventually leading to the disappearance of some valuable forest species. Therefore, there is an urgent need to adapt conservation strategies in the forest of the Kuneba woreda area to save it from further deterioration, Moreover, it should be a priority issue for all concerned authorities to intervene immediately in the problem.
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J. Tefera, E. Minyishaw, F. Kebenu, A. Nurhusen and M. Gufran Khan, 2015. Woody Species Diversity, Management and Contribution of Local Community in Protected Forest of Kuneba District, Afar Region Ethiopia. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 8: 172-179.

DOI: 10.3923/jest.2015.172.179

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jest.2015.172.179

 
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