Exploring local perspectives for conservation planning: A case study from a remote forest community in Indonesian Papua

Van Heist Miriam, Liswanti Nining, Boissière Manuel, Padmanaba Michael, Basuki Imam, Sheil Douglas. 2015. Exploring local perspectives for conservation planning: A case study from a remote forest community in Indonesian Papua. Forests, 6 (9) : pp. 3278-3303.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : FORESTRY

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. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt tropicale humide, protection de la forêt, gestion des ressources naturelles, Aménagement forestier, Biodiversité, Communauté rurale, utilisation de terre forestière, Planification, Participation communautaire, Planification régionale, Déboisement, Impact sur l'environnement, Économie rurale, Metroxylon, Ipomoea batatas, Dioscorea, Manihot esculenta, Cucurbita maxima, Musa, Carica papaya, Cocos nucifera, Theobroma cacao, Pandanus, Produit forestier non ligneux, Faune, Utilisation des terres, Politique de développement, approches participatives

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Indonésie

Classification Agris : K70 - Forest injuries and protection
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
E51 - Rural population
E11 - Land economics and policies
E14 - Development economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Van Heist Miriam, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Liswanti Nining, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Boissière Manuel, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (ETH) ORCID: 0000-0002-2552-7664
  • Padmanaba Michael, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Basuki Imam, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Sheil Douglas, CIFOR (IDN)

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