People, protected areas and ecosystem services: a qualitative and quantitative analysis of local people's perception and preferences in Côte d'Ivoire

Amin, Ariane; Zähringer, Julie; Schwilch, Gudrun; Koné, Inza (2015). People, protected areas and ecosystem services: a qualitative and quantitative analysis of local people's perception and preferences in Côte d'Ivoire. Natural resources forum, 39(2), pp. 97-109. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/1477-8947.12069

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The long-term integrity of protected areas (PAs), and hence the maintenance of related ecosystem services (ES), are dependent on the support of local people. In the present study, local people's perceptions of ecosystem services from PAs and factors that govern local preferences for PAs are assessed. Fourteen study villages were randomly selected from three different protected forest areas and one control site along the southern coast of Côte d'Ivoire. Data was collected through a mixed-method approach, including qualitative semi-structured interviews and a household survey based on hypothetical choice scenarios. Local people's perceptions of ecosystem service provision was decrypted through qualitative content analysis, while the relation between people's preferences and potential factors that affect preferences were analyzed through multinomial models. This study shows that rural villagers do perceive a number of different ecosystem services as benefits from PAs in Côte d'Ivoire. The results based on quantitative data also suggest that local preferences for PAs and related ecosystem services are driven by PAs' management rules, age, and people's dependence on natural resources.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Graduate School:

International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)

UniBE Contributor:

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin and Schwilch, Gudrun

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1477-8947

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Projects:

[424] Landscape change, stakeholder demands for ecosystem services, and resulting trade-offs in north-eastern Madagascar

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

25 Aug 2015 15:09

Last Modified:

17 Sep 2018 08:07

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1477-8947.12069

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.71246

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/71246

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