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Impact of Indigenous Knowledge on Kaya Forest Management as Practiced by the Mijikenda of Kenya

Downloads: 3,022 Avg Rating: 0.00 By: Mr Abraham wangila in 2011.
The overall objective of the study was to investigate and document the impact of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) systems on the conservation of Kaya forests as practiced by the Mijikenda of the coastal Kenya. An ethno-historical perspective was adopted in the study. The study focused on the different aspects of socio-economic and cultural factors that regulated and guided the relationship of the Mijikenda people and the Kaya forests. The study also examined various specific aspects of Mijikenda knowledge systems that enabled them live in balance with their natural environment. Primary and secondary data was used in the study. Primary data was gathered through Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and In-depth Interviews (both structured and unstructured) conducted in the coastal region of Kenya. Participants of Focus Group Discussions and In-depth Interviews were Mijikenda elderly men and women with a good understanding of Mijikenda traditions and customs. Sampling was done mainly through snowball and purposive sampling techniques. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. The impact parameters were analyzed among the different Kayas and considered for the study. The study revealed a close intimacy of the Mijikenda people with the Kaya forests and their resources save for some challenges in their conservation. The findings of the study are useful in filling up gaps in knowledge, especially as far as scientific knowledge is concerned in solving modern environmental problems of natural resource conservation, global warming and for achievement of sustainable environmental development.

Key words: Mijikenda, Kaya, Forests

Additional Authors: Abraham WANGILA, Halimu SHAURI PhD.

Document Type: Report Topic Area: Environment Submitted: 16th Jul 2013 Country: Kenya
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