Comparison of Cooperatives’ Members and Experts’ Views on Public Participation in Forestry and Rangeland By-Products (Case Study: Cooperative Companies, Lorestan Province, Iran)

Document Type: Research and Full Length Article

Authors

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Rangeland Management, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd Branch,

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Rangeland Management, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd Branch.

3 M.Sc. Student of Range Management (Corresponding Author)

4 M.Sc. Student of Range Management, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd Branch, Boroujerd.

Abstract

This research was conducted to investigate the factors contributing to the
failure in the forestry and rangeland by-product cooperative companies in Lorestan
province, Iran. A descriptive-correlative research design was used. The statistical
populations were 1100 people divided into two groups of experts from natural resource
agency in Lorestan province and members of cooperative companies. The sample size was
183 persons. Sampling method was simple random type using Neyman–Pearson model.
Data were analyzed based on descriptive statistics (T-Test) and Pearson correlation
method. Single-sample t-test results showed that the views of the two groups on the effects
of technical and economic barriers causing failure in cooperatives companies were the
same, but the expert's views were different for managerial, educational, cultural, social,
and legal indicators. Also the results of independent t-test between the two groups showed
that the views of both experts and members for economic, managerial, educational, and
legal barriers were the same, but their opinions for cultural, social and technical barriers
were different. The results of cooperatives’ member’s views ranked indicators as
managerial, legal, educational, cultural, social, economic, and technical barriers. For the
views of experts they were ranked as cultural, social, managerial, economic, legal,
technical, and educational barriers.

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