Klias peat swamp forest reserve: its potential as a nature tourism site from the perspective of local communities

Nooraini @Sunarti Makladin, (2006) Klias peat swamp forest reserve: its potential as a nature tourism site from the perspective of local communities. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

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The Klias Peat Swamp Forest Reserve (PSFR) is one of the two remaining peat swamp forests in Sabah with an area of 3630 hectares and composed mainly of mixed peat swamp forest. It has been gazetted as Class 1 Forest Reserve and was surrounded by human settlements. The objectives of this study were: (i) to identify the potential nature tourism products of Klias PSFR, (ii) to study the local community perceptions on nature tourism and (iii) to recommend potential nature tourism activities that can be developed. Currently, there were no tourism activities done within the forest reserve and its surrounding areas. Nature tourism in Klias PSFR is a good match for biodiversity conservations and rural developments as it can improve the quality of life and conserve the natural resources. The study was carried out in six stages which are includes of formulating the study goals and objectives, site survey and inventory of potential tourism products. In term of studying local community perceptions, the questionnaire survey method was used and the data was analysed using SPSS software. Klias PSFR offers numerous of attractions including flora, fauna and landscape. There were more than 100 species of plants in Klias PSFR, five taxa of fauna including six species which are indicator species related to the peat swamp forest type habitat and also four types of scenic landscape. Majority (90.43%) of the local community knew what nature tourism is and willing to participate in it. They (96.81%) also agreed that nature tourism is a good approach to improve their living condition in Klias PSFR. In Klias PSFR, several nature tourism activities could be developed especially environmental education, nature intepretation, adventure activities and wildlife observation to educate and entertain local or foreign tourists. Keyword: Nature tourism, nature tourism products, perceptions, tourism activities.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Swamp forest, Klias Peat Swamp Forest Reserve, Class 1 forest reserve, Biodiversity conservations, Rural development, Environmental education, Nature intepretation, Adventure activities, Wildlife observation
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions:SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
ID Code:3785
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:20 Mar 2012 17:01
Last Modified:20 Mar 2012 17:01

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