Rainforests, place and palm oil in Sabah, Borneo

Lindsay, Ellie, Ramsey, Andrew D., Convery, Ian and Simmons, Eunice (2012) Rainforests, place and palm oil in Sabah, Borneo. In: Convery, Ian, Corsane, Gerard and Davis, Peter, (eds.) Making sense of place: multidisciplinary perspectives. Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge, UK, pp. 303-312. Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

The conservation of tropical ecosystems is complex and contested, not least in terms of cultural and political perspectives between developed and developing nations (Bawa and Seidler 1998; Colchester 2000; Brosius and Hitchner 2010). In Sabah, on the island of Borneo, East Malaysia, much of the forest has recently been converted to oil palm plantations. The plantations cover vast areas and leave relatively little space for native flora and fauna. While efforts are underway to enhance biodiversity within the plantations, there is no clear consensus as to how this might best be achieved and this has led in part to divisions opening up among stakeholders (Othman and Ameer 2010). A range of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working within Sabah endeavour to conserve threatened biodiversity; at the governmental level there are significant drivers for development and economic stability; while the plantation owners are trying to improve their yields and increase their global market. There is also considerable consumer pressure from Europe and North America linked to concerns about the survival of iconic rainforest species such as orangutans. These same economies, however, are consumers of plantation products. This chapter will consider these aspects within a context of globalisation and profound economic and social change within Malaysia. Aspects and theories of sense of place will be explored in this rapidly changing environment.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 9781843837077
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Forestry, Conservation & Applied Science
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2013 13:51
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2017 16:04
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1383

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