Enhancing Community Commitment in Conservation through Participatory Approach

Jelod @ Gerald Jetony and Monica Suleiman and Rosazman Husin and Nor Akmar Abdul Aziz and Nordiana Mohd. Nordin and Norhuda Salleh and Fiffy Hanisdah Saikim (2022) Enhancing Community Commitment in Conservation through Participatory Approach. Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, 19. pp. 13-27. ISSN 1823-3902

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Kg. Tudan is a village situated in the buffer zone of Crocker Range Biosphere Reserve (CRBR). About 402 people live in Kg. Tudan, and majority are farmers. However, the steep terrain and infertility of the soil has affected the livelihood of communities, making them dependent on the surrounding forest to support their living. The Sabah State Government, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) implemented a project in Kg. Tudan, Tuaran, Sabah from 1st July, 2013 until 30th June 2017, under a programme called "Sustainable Development for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation" (SDBEC). The project's main focus was to develop sustainable livelihoods through a participatory approach and the concept of living in harmony with the environment. After the project ended, a qualitative study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the SDBEC project implementation in Kg. Tudan and its implication towards the local communities' conservation awareness. Thirty-three villagers of Kg. Tudan were interviewed. The data was analysed using Leximancer software with results illustrated in the form of a conceptual map. The study's findings indicated that the knowledge and commitment of the community in Kg. Tudan on conservation was enhanced through a participatory approach. The study also identified that the community of Kg. Tudan required capacity building and integration of sustainable livelihoods with community-based natural resource management. We recommended for ministries and NGOs engaged in environmental and biodiversity conservation to direct more efforts towards developing sustainable practices that facilitate local communities' participation in preserving natural resources.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Participatory approach, Capacity building, Conservation, Natural resources, Sustainable livelihoods
Subjects: D World History and History Of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Etc. > DS Asia > DS1-937 History of Asia > DS520-560.72 Southeast Asia > DS591-599 Malaysia. Malay Peninsula. Straits Settlements > DS597.22-599 Local history and description > DS597.33-597.34 Sabah. British North Borneo
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H1-99 Social sciences (General)
Department: INSTITUTE > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2023 10:06
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2023 10:06
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/37401

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