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An Assessment of Urban and Per-Urban Household’s Perception and Attitude to Participate for Urban Forest Conservation Practice in Assosa Woreda, Western Ethiopia

Urban forest provides environmental, social, and economic benefits to urban resident. Despite all these importance to the livelihood of the urban communities, urban forests in Assosa Woreda are facing manmade and natural challenges. Therefore; this study was intended for the assessment of urban and per-urban households’ attitude to participate for conservation of urban forest ecosystem; in Assosa woreda, Western Ethiopia with the specific objectives of analyzing urban and per-urban residents’ attitudes toward urban forest and supporting urban forest conservation programs and assessing attitude of urban and per-urban households toward willingness to donate money for urban forest conservation program. Data for the study were gathered from both primary and secondary sources through semi structured questioner via face to face interview. Besides, data was collected using household survey, focus group discussion, and key informant interviews. Multistage random-sampling procedure were used in selecting 392 respondent followed by a probability proportional to size. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and econometric model. From the total sampled households 84% of the respondents believed that urban forest provides positive values, including aesthetics, shade, and better-quality air to people and their communities. Many of the Assosa town residents have done at least one kind of tree care activity. It is amazing to note that 43% strongly believed that forest topping is a genuine tree care option, with another 38% stating that they somewhat agreed with this practice. The result from ordered probit model indicated that household's residential location, education level, total annual income and access to credit had positive significant effects on willing to donate money for urban forest conservation and sex of the respondent had a negative and significant effect on willingness to donate money for urban forest conservation. The study shows that the urban and per-urban households has positive attitude with willingness of donating money toward urban forestry conservation programs and they have important attitudinal and behavioral information that can help local decision makers to increase the efficiency of urban forest supply, maintenance, and promotion. As policy implications, an effort would be needed to strengthen literacy which increase urban households awareness about the importance of conservation practice and credit facilities expansion is important.

Urban Forest, Conservation, Cash, Ordered Probit, Households, Willingness to Donate

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Romanu Benti, T., Zelalam Gasisa, S. (2023). An Assessment of Urban and Per-Urban Household’s Perception and Attitude to Participate for Urban Forest Conservation Practice in Assosa Woreda, Western Ethiopia. American Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics, 8(4), 58-66. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ajere.20230804.11

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Romanu Benti, T.; Zelalam Gasisa, S. An Assessment of Urban and Per-Urban Household’s Perception and Attitude to Participate for Urban Forest Conservation Practice in Assosa Woreda, Western Ethiopia. Am. J. Environ. Resour. Econ. 2023, 8(4), 58-66. doi: 10.11648/j.ajere.20230804.11

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Romanu Benti T, Zelalam Gasisa S. An Assessment of Urban and Per-Urban Household’s Perception and Attitude to Participate for Urban Forest Conservation Practice in Assosa Woreda, Western Ethiopia. Am J Environ Resour Econ. 2023;8(4):58-66. doi: 10.11648/j.ajere.20230804.11

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