Community forestry resources: A case study of selected woodlots in the Eastern Cape Province
Community surveys were conducted through the use of participatory community meetings and a questionnaire in the Butterworth area of the Eastern Cape. The objectives of these surveys were to determine the needs and perceptions of communities regarding woodlots and wood utilisation. From the surveys it is clear that woodlots do play an important role in the livelihoods of communities in the Butterworth area, but that the role varies according to geographic location of the woodlot and urbanisation levels of the community. Sociological/anthropological socio-economic differences must be considered in community forestry extension work and future strategic and policy considerations.