People's Perceptions about the Importance of Forests on Borneo

Meijaard, Erik, Abram, Nicola K, Wells, Jessie A, Pellier, Anne-Sophie, Ancrenaz, Marc, Gaveau, David L. A., Runting, Rebecca K. and Mengersen, Kerrie (2013) People's Perceptions about the Importance of Forests on Borneo. PloS One, 8 9: e73008.1-e73008.21. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073008

Author Meijaard, Erik
Abram, Nicola K
Wells, Jessie A
Pellier, Anne-Sophie
Ancrenaz, Marc
Gaveau, David L. A.
Runting, Rebecca K.
Mengersen, Kerrie
Title People's Perceptions about the Importance of Forests on Borneo
Journal name PloS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2013-09-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0073008
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 9
Start page e73008.1
End page e73008.21
Total pages 22
Place of publication San Francisco, CA United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
2700 Medicine
Abstract We ascertained villagers' perceptions about the importance of forests for their livelihoods and health through 1,837 reliably answered interviews of mostly male respondents from 185 villages in Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo. Variation in these perceptions related to several environmental and social variables, as shown in classification and regression analyses. Overall patterns indicated that forest use and cultural values are highest among people on Borneo who live close to remaining forest, and especially among older Christian residents. Support for forest clearing depended strongly on the scale at which deforestation occurs. Deforestation for small-scale agriculture was generally considered to be positive because it directly benefits people's welfare. Large-scale deforestation (e.g., for industrial oil palm or acacia plantations), on the other hand, appeared to be more context-dependent, with most respondents considering it to have overall negative impacts on them, but with people in some areas considering the benefits to outweigh the costs. The interviews indicated high awareness of negative environmental impacts of deforestation, with high levels of concern over higher temperatures, air pollution and loss of clean water sources. Our study is unique in its geographic and trans-national scale. Our findings enable the development of maps of forest use and perceptions that could inform land use planning at a range of scales. Incorporating perspectives such as these could significantly reduce conflict over forest resources and ultimately result in more equitable development processes.
Keyword Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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