State, Communities and Forests In Contemporary Borneo

State, Communities and Forests In Contemporary Borneo

Edited by: Fadzilah Majid Cooke

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The name ‘Borneo’ evokes visions of constantly changing landscapes, but with important island-wide continuities. One of the continuities has been the forests, which have for generations been created and modified by the indigenous population, but over the past three decades have been partially replaced by tree crops, grass or scrub. This book, the first in the series of Asia-Pacific Environmental Monographs, looks at the political complexities of forest management across the whole island of Borneo, tackling issues of tenure, land use change and resource competition, ‘tradition’ versus ‘modernity’, disputes within and between communities, between communities and private firms, or between communities and governments. While it focuses on the changes taking place in local political economies and conservation practices, it also makes visible the larger changes taking place in both Indonesia and Malaysia. The common theme of the volume is the need to situate local complexities in the larger institutional context, and the possible gains to be made from such an approach in the search for alternative models of conservation and development.


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Jul 2006
Asia-Pacific Environment Monograph 1
ANU Press
Asia-Pacific Environment Monographs
Resources, Environment & Development (RE&D)
Science: Agriculture & Forestry; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Development Studies, Politics & International Studies
Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia

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Part I. Introduction

  1. Recent Development and Conservation Interventions in Borneo (PDF, 293KB)Fadzilah Majid Cooke doi

Part II. Framework and Institutions

  1. Expanding State Spaces Using ‘Idle’ Native Customary Land in Sarawak (PDF, 290KB)Fadzilah Majid Cooke doi
  2. Native Customary Land: The Trust as a Device for Land Development in Sarawak (PDF, 215KB)Ramy Bulan doi
  3. Decentralisation, Forests and Estate Crops in Kutai Barat District, East Kalimantan (PDF, 683KB)Anne Casson doi

Part III. Local Interventions

  1. Community Mapping, Tenurial Rights and Conflict Resolution in Kalimantan (PDF, 634KB)Ketut Deddy doi
  2. Community Cooperatives, ‘Illegal’ Logging and Regional Autonomy in the Borderlands of West Kalimantan (PDF, 426KB)Reed L. Wadley doi
  3. Seeking Spaces for Biodiversity by Improving Tenure Security for Local Communities in Sabah (PDF, 750KB)Justine Vaz doi
  4. Social, Environmental and Legal Dimensions of Adat as an Instrument of Conservation in East Kalimantan (PDF, 193KB)Cristina Eghenter doi
  5. The Potential for Coexistence between Shifting Cultivation and Commercial Logging in Sarawak (PDF, 396KB)Mogens Pedersen, Ole Mertz and Gregers Hummelmose doi

Part IV. Conclusion

  1. Concluding Remarks on the Future of Natural Resource Management in Borneo (PDF, 98KB)Cristina Eghenter doi

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