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Forests 2015, 6(9), 3278-3303; doi:10.3390/f6093278

Exploring Local Perspectives for Conservation Planning: A Case Study from a Remote Forest Community in Indonesian Papua

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Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management (NMBU-INA), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, 1432 Ås, Norway
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Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), P.O. Box 0113 BOCBD, Bogor 16000, Indonesia
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Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), Campus de Baillarguet, Avenue Agropolis, 34398 Montpellier Cedex 05, France
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Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden/Chinese Academy of Sciences (XTBG/CAS), Menglun, Yunnan 666303, China
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Fisheries and Wildlife Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Academic Editor: Eric J. Jokela
Received: 1 June 2015 / Revised: 25 August 2015 / Accepted: 31 August 2015 / Published: 22 September 2015
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Abstract

Reconciling conservation and livelihoods is a concern wherever forests are important in local people’s lives. We plead for engaging these people in survey activities to clarify what is important to them, as a first step in conservation planning. This will help to address their priorities and gain their guidance and support for interventions. This paper presents the results of such a survey with the community of Kwerba in Mamberamo, a remote and little known part of Indonesian Papua. Views and priorities were explored through interviews, scoring exercises, community mapping and a field survey. Whereas small gardens provided most staple food, culture and livelihoods were linked to the forest. People scored primary forest highest for nearly all use categories. Primary forest was particularly highly valued as a source of construction materials, ornaments and rituals, and as a hunting place. We developed a list of the overall most important plants and animals. Many natural resources were used, but few were commercially exploited. The community had rules to control access to certain areas and resources. Taboos to restrict access to sacred places were also maintained. Our evaluation identified opportunities to achieve conservation outcomes jointly with the Kwerba people. In follow-up activities, the community presented local government with a land-use plan for their territory. The government recognized the value of our approach and requested training to implement it more widely in the region. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest conservation; forest-dependent people; participatory approach; community mapping; scoring exercise; resource management; land use planning forest conservation; forest-dependent people; participatory approach; community mapping; scoring exercise; resource management; land use planning
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van Heist, M.; Liswanti, N.; Boissière, M.; Padmanaba, M.; Basuki, I.; Sheil, D. Exploring Local Perspectives for Conservation Planning: A Case Study from a Remote Forest Community in Indonesian Papua. Forests 2015, 6, 3278-3303.

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