Socio economic impact analysis and stakeholders’ preference to the conservation of Kasane forest reserve, Northern Botswana


  • Joyce Lepetu


The Kasane Forest Reserve (KFR) in Botswana is of great significance to the local people and environment of the region. Currently a comprehensive KFR management plan is being developed to meet the various needs and aspirations for the present and future. However, essential data on the needs, values, and perceptions of local communities that are critical to the process do not exist. In the proposed study, I will address this problem, by examining the factors that determine forest dependency, attitudes and perceptions of local residents towards KFR management. Furthermore, the stakeholders’ preferences in generating management options will be assessed to provide a framework for biodiversity conservation.