Understanding psychological factors influencing ecosystem conservation behaviours of forest professionals

https://doi.org/10.17221/39/2022-JFSCitation:

Erhabor N.I. (2022): Understanding psychological factors influencing ecosystem conservation behaviours of forest professionals. J. For. Sci., 68: 220–227.

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This study was embarked upon to assess forest guards’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) behavioural change sequences in Nigeria lowland forest reserves using a structural equation modelling approach. Two research questions were raised and corresponding hypotheses were tested. From the data analysed, it was revealed that both knowledge and attitude variables significantly predicted the behaviour of the forest guards’ towards the management of the forest and its resources. Although the attitude variable on its own did not significantly predict the forest guards’ behaviours (t = 1.401, P > 0.05), it can be stated that the knowledge of the forest guards towards the forest is a better predictor to their environmental behaviours and their behavioural change sequence (AKP) is inclined towards developing affinity to the forest. Hence seminar and symposiums should be organized for all forest guards with the objectives of having better efforts and persistence, preparation for action, better visualization of success, reduce stressors, and fewer intrusive negative thoughts in managing the forest and its resources. This will help boost their affinity to the forest and self-efficacy as the study revealed that the Attitude-Knowledge-Practice (AKP) sequence explains better the behaviour of the forest guards in protecting the forest reserves.

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