Session 11: Systems Approaches to Conservation and Land Use Planning

9:30 AM - 10:50 AM | Room 103

A Comparative Study of Hazara Forest Communities in Pakistan: A System Dynamics Approach

Naila Nazir
Michigan State University

Pakistan, having low forest area and a high deforestation rate, is facing many socioeconomic factors that are putting pressure on its forest resources. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province has the country’s highest share of the national forest area and is vulnerable to community exploitation. Two forest communities in KP province are considered for the present study. Questionnaire data are being used to develop a system dynamics model to identify the major drivers of deforestation and will include the perception of forest communities through some socio-economic variables. The result of the study could be a breakthrough for policy makers to prioritize forest management strategies.

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Liking and Power in Communication Networks: What Influences Who Talks to Whom for Conservation Practices?

Manoj Shrestha and Karen Trebitz
University of Idaho

Jennifer Boie
Palouse Conservation District

This paper uses social network analysis to test the homophily and structural position theories in explaining the communication network that farmers develop with extension agents for adopting conservation practices.

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