International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Forestry | Malawi | Volume 6 Issue 3, March 2017


Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Dzalanyama Forest Reserve in Malawi

Nameka Katumbi | Jabulani Nyengere [2] | Elina Mkandawire


Abstract: This research was carried out with the aim of assessing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Malawi. Particularly the research aimed at identifying what is driving deforestation and forest degradation in Dzalanyama forest reserve and analyzing the impacts of degradation on the livelihoods of the rural communities in Malawi. Data collected from households in villages bordering Dzalanyama forest was analyzed using SPSS to come up with frequency tables, pie charts and hectographs. The study revealed that charcoal production (40 %), firewood production (32 %), infrastructure development (13 %), timber production (11 %) and agricultural expansion (4 %) are the main driving forces to deforestation and forest degradation in Dzalanyama forest reserve. Degrading of Dzalanyama forest reserve has affected the communities negatively evident in climate change (57 %), soil degradation (37 %) and biodiversity loss (6 %). Therefore, reducing dependency of households on fuelwood will save most of the forests in Malawi.


Keywords: Drivers, Deforestation and degradation, impacts


Edition: Volume 6 Issue 3, March 2017,


Pages: 889 - 893


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Nameka Katumbi, Jabulani Nyengere, Elina Mkandawire, "Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Dzalanyama Forest Reserve in Malawi", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), Volume 6 Issue 3, March 2017, pp. 889-893, https://www.ijsr.net/get_abstract.php?paper_id=ART20171448



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