Participation in Hard Clam Resource Management of Palian Watershed Communities, Trang Province

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Natthita Rojchanaprasart
Chanyut Sudthongkong
Prasert Tongnunui


The objective of this research was to study participation for hard clam resource management of Palian watershed communities. The samples were 278 persons that consisted of 34 and 39 members of hard clam conservation networks and 154 and 51 villagers who utilized hard clam from two communities-Moo 3 and Moo 9, respectively. The instrument was questionnaire verified by three experts with the IOC of 0.67–1.00 and reliability of 0.715. Cluster analysis were used to analze data. When measuring participation in all aspects simultaneously, it was found that 5 variables of participation in managing hard clam resource could be used to categorize community members of Moo 3 and Moo 9 into 3 clusters (moderate, high, and low participation) at statistically significant level of 0.01. The most important participation in clustering community members was co-monitoring/evaluation, co-thinking/co-decision, co-reception of indirect benefit, and co-acting (F=251.314, 229.963, 228.192, 193.740, respectively).

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