Changing place: palm oil and sense of place in Borneo

Lindsay, Ellie, Convery, Ian ORCID logo ORCID: , Ramsey, Andrew D. ORCID logo ORCID: and Simmons, Eunice (2012) Changing place: palm oil and sense of place in Borneo. Human Geographies: Journal of Studies and Research in Human Geography, 6 (2). pp. 45-54.

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The conservation of tropical ecosystems is complex and contested, not least in terms of cultural and political perspectives between developed and developing nations (Bawa & Seidler, 1998; Colchester, 2000; Brosius & Hitchner, 2010). In Sabah, on the island of Borneo, 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. Whilst 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 amongst stakeholders (Othman & Ameer, 2009). 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 increasing consumer pressure in Europe and North America linked to concerns about the survival of iconic rainforest species such as orang-utans. This paper considers these issues within a context of globalisation and profound economic and social change within Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Human Geographies: Journal of Studies and Research in Human Geography
Publisher: University of Bucharest
ISSN: 2067-2284
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Forestry and Conservation
Additional Information: Authors published by Human Geographies retain full copyright and publishing rights of their papers on the journal website.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 16:06
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 11:15


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