Factors Associated with Conservation Participation by Local Communities in Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project, Nepal

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This article examines how residents’ natural resource dependency and other social, economic, and access-related variables predict conservation participation.Overall, key findings suggest that conservation participation at Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GCAP)—a newly designated mountainous protected area in Nepal— needs to be improved with multiple outreach activities, especially to resource-dependent households.

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Paudyal, Ramesh; Thapa, Brijesh; Shree Neupane, Suman & Birendra September 29, 2018.

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This article examines how residents’ natural resource dependency and other social, economic, and access-related variables predict conservation participation.Overall, key findings suggest that conservation participation at Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GCAP)—a newly designated mountainous protected area in Nepal— needs to be improved with multiple outreach activities, especially to resource-dependent households.

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Abstract: Information about the factors associated with conservation participation by local
communities is important to garner support and involvement within a natural protected area.
This research examined how residents’ natural resource dependency and other social, economic,
and access-related variables predict conservation participation. Data were collected based on a
stratified random sampling of households from Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GCAP)—a
newly designated mountainous protected area in Nepal. Analysis was conducted via an ordered
logistic regression model. Higher levels of participation were observed among households that
comprised of a larger family size, belonged to a higher caste/ethnicity, resided in higher elevations,
and noted frequent visits and interactions with park management staff. However, natural resources
dependency (i.e., income and fuelwood fodder) lacked a statistically significant relationship with
conservation participation. Similarly, the economic dimension (i.e., land holdings and total livestock
unit) was not a significant predictor of participation. Overall, key findings suggest that conservation
participation at GCAP needs to be improved with multiple outreach activities, especially to
resource-dependent households. More specifically, it is important to ensure equitable access so that
locals can participate in programs that provide alternative resource use options, skills development,
and trainings for income generation activities.

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  • Sustainability, 2018. Basel, Switzerland: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

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  • Publication Title: Factors Associated with Conservation Participation by Local Communities in Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project, Nepal
  • Pages: 16
  • Page Start: 1
  • Page End: 16
  • Volume: 10
  • Issue: 10
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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  • September 27, 2018

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  • September 29, 2018

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Paudyal, Ramesh; Thapa, Brijesh; Shree Neupane, Suman & Birendra. Factors Associated with Conservation Participation by Local Communities in Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project, Nepal, article, September 29, 2018; Basel, Switzerland. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1616580/: accessed June 15, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism.

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