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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 1)
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Formal Forest Management System in the Sudan and the Sustainability Issue

Amani A. Kobbail, Mahir S. Suleiman and Abdelhai M. Elmadina
Corresponding Author:  Amani A. Kobbail 

Key words:  Formal management system, people's participation, reserved forest, , , ,
Vol. 4 , (1): 53-57
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2011 October, 03 2011 November, 02 2012 January, 25

Prior to the colonial era, forest resource management in Sudan was largely carried out informally through local community leaders. Later the state intervened and withdrew the management control from villagers. This study was an endeavor to investigate the efficacy of the formal forest management system in enhancing sustainable management of forest resources in the Sudan. A sample of 80 villagers was chosen, based on the stratified random sampling technique, from six villages in Elgedaref (Eastren Sudan) and Elain (North Korfan) areas. The primary data were obtained through a questionnaire based structured interviews and checklist based semi-structured interviews. The data were analyzed using the SPSS software. The results revealed that forest reserves in the study areas constituted a fundamental source of a variety of socio-economic and environmental goods and services most needed by villagers. However, most of the benefits were obtained through illegal access. Hence, the formal government forest management system proved to be ineffective in the absence of coordination with other stakeholders including local people. The study recommended that forest authorities should actively involve villagers and give due consideration to their perceptions, aspirations, basic needs, and knowledge when developing forest management strategies and plans.
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Amani A. Kobbail, Mahir S. Suleiman and Abdelhai M. Elmadina, 2012. Formal Forest Management System in the Sudan and the Sustainability Issue.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 4(1): 53-57.
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