Use of Forest Resources by Residents of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Bhutan

  • Katel O
  • Schmidt-Vogt D
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Abstract

This paper examines the use of forest resources by local residents in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Bhutan. It also inquires into local residents' knowledge and perceptions of park management interventions. The data were collected through a questionnaire survey, group discussions, and observations. The results show that local people depend on forest resources for their livelihoods, and that their knowledge and perceptions of the park and of park management are influenced mainly by constraints on their access to forest resources, and by benefits and incentives obtained from the park administration through socioeconomic development.

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  • Om N. Katel

  • Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt

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