Evaluating the sustainable management of the State indigenous forests in the Eastern Cape Province

Quvile, Nkosipendule (2011) Evaluating the sustainable management of the State indigenous forests in the Eastern Cape Province. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This research assesses the state of sustainability of State indigenous forests in the Eastern Cape and provides recommendations to improve their sustainability. The Eastern Cape Indigenous Forest Management Audit (ECIFMA) report of 2009 provided the primary data for this assessment (DAFF, 2009). The research was inspired by the fact that the global challenge of forestry destruction and degradation where the extent of forests is being reduced at an alarming rate of 6% annually. It became essential for global leaders to develop policies and strategies that sought to promote sustainable forest management. The monitoring of sustainability of forests was only possible through use of globally and nationally developed sets of criteria and indicators. Eleven forest estates responsible for the management of State indigenous forests in the Eastern Cape were selected for this research. The choice was influenced by the availability of audit data from the ECIFMA report of 2009. This report contained performance information of 41 indicators under 18 criteria for monitoring sustainable forest management as extracted from the PCI&S assessment checklist developed for monitoring the sustainability of indigenous forests in South Africa (DWAF, 2005). The data was refined using the MCA methods (ranking and scoring) as described by Mendoza and Prabhu (2000). These methods yielded to the determination of the performance of indicators of forest sustainability. It was thus important to conclude the research by responding to the following questions: • What is the state of sustainability of the State indigenous forests in the Eastern Cape? • What recommendations could be made to improve the sustainability of State indigenous forests? It was found that the State indigenous forests were not managed in a sustainable manner. The research report is concluded by providing concrete recommendations to improve forest sustainability.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Forests and forestry, South Africa, Eastern Cape, Ecology, Conservation, Sustainable management
Subjects:S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Rhodes Business School
Supervisors:Kanyangale, M.
ID Code:3051
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:27 Jun 2012 11:57
Last Modified:27 Jun 2012 11:57
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