Secure land tenure as prerequisite towards sustainable living: a case study of native communities in Mantob village, Sabah, Malaysia

Gaim James Lunkapis, (2015) Secure land tenure as prerequisite towards sustainable living: a case study of native communities in Mantob village, Sabah, Malaysia. SpringerPlus , 4 . p. 549. ISSN 2193-1801

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40064-015-1329-4

Abstract

Sustainable livelihoods, once enjoyed by native communities, are often threatened and in danger of extinction when new regulations and other forms of restrictions are introduced. These restrictions are often promoted with intended purposes, such as protecting the environment or securing resources from encroachment. However, these acts are slowly replacing the traditional adat (customs and traditions), which are used to define the rights attached to the use of communal and ancestral land. This is especially true when comes to access to forest products and land, in which native communities have used for generations. What the natives see as legitimate and traditional use, the state sees as an encroachment of property; and it has now become illegal to utilise these resources. This paper presents how native communities have adapted to such restrictions and continued to live in a sustainable manner through an adaptive strategy that is in line with state policy changes. A combination of quantitative and qualitative method is used to understand the dynamics of the strategy used by the native communities to adapt to these policy changes. The findings reveal how the natives have employed an adaptive strategy in response to state policy changes. The lessons learned from this study can provide useful pointers as to how state policies, in relation to highland settlements in the state of Sabah, Malaysia, can be improved.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sustainable, Highland, Malaysia, Native, Policy, Settlement, Sabah, Traditional
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions:FACULTY > Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage
ID Code:15089
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:30 Nov 2016 16:25
Last Modified:30 Nov 2016 16:25

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