IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(3): 172-178 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.814

Development of Indicators Affecting Sustainability of Community Forest Management in Upper Northern Thailand

Jukkaphong Poung-ngamchuen, Nakarate Rungkawat, Savichaya Supa-udomlerk Trirat, and Jirapong Chaichawwong
Abstract—The study aimed to study the success in sustainable community forest management, to develop an indicators and factors affecting sustainability of community forest management, and a guideline for the development of potential in effective community forest management under the conceptual framework of sustainable development. Four successful community forests in upper northern Thailand receiving award at the national level were investigated. Interview was used for data collection and participatory action research (PAR) was employed in this study. Informants consisted of 20 community forest core leaders and 345 people in the 4 community forest areas. Obtained data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics and inferential statistic. Finding showed that, the success in sustainable community forest management was found at a low level. Regarding the development of indicators affecting sustainability of community forest management, it was found that 4 indicators affecting it included the following: 1) attachment to the community; 2) co-activities with other organization; 3) environmental information perception; and 4) community organization networks. A guideline for effective potential development in community forest management focused on the development of operational process and appropriate personnel management.

Index Terms—Indicators, sustainability, community forest management.

The authors are with the Faculty of Agricultural Production, School of Tourism Development, and School of Administrative Studies, Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand (e-mail: jukkaphong.mju@gmail.com, nrungkawat@yahoo.com, nutty291@gmail.com, notecmu@hotmail.com).

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Cite: Jukkaphong Poung-ngamchuen, Nakarate Rungkawat, Savichaya Supa-udomlerk Trirat, and Jirapong Chaichawwong, "Development of Indicators Affecting Sustainability of Community Forest Management in Upper Northern Thailand," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 172-178, 2017.

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