Decline of forest area in Sabah, Malaysia : Relationship to state policies, land code and land capability

McMorrow, Julia and Mustapa Abdul Talip, (2001) Decline of forest area in Sabah, Malaysia : Relationship to state policies, land code and land capability. Global Environmental Change, 11 (3). pp. 217-230. ISSN 0959-3780

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Abstract

Forest decline in Sabah has resulted from state policies operating within the federal context. Approximately two-thirds of Sabah'snatural forest remains but estimates vary with the data source. Logging and shifting cultivation have degraded forest quality but commercial estate agriculture, especially oil palm, is now the major cause of forest loss, aided by Sabah's land tenure code and the ethnic equality and modernisation agendas of national and state agriculture policy. The pattern of forest decline is explained by partitioning of the land resource between gazetted Forest Reserves and land alienated to agriculture, guided by the 1976 land capability classification.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Deforestation, Malaysia, Land tenure, Land use policy
Subjects: ?? SD411-428 ??
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email storage.bpmlib@ums.edu.my
Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 04:05
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 05:20
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/2915

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