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Valuing Orang Asli Dependency on Forest: A Malaysian Case

M. I. Abdul-Hamid, E.C. Gan Christopher

Abstract


Studies on how forest benefits tribal people have been wildely documented but only a small number of such studies have been conducted in Malaysia. This paper investigates Malaysian Orang Asli‘s dependency on forest resources using a forest management unit (FMU) in the state of Johor, Malaysia, as a case study. The study used both survey questionnaire and field observations to collect data and information on the Orang Asli depencency on forest resources. Valuation of resources accrued to the Orang Asli communities in the study area was also investigated. The result disclosed that forest in the state still provides opportunities to the Orang Asli communities to support their livelihoods in the forms of tangible and intangible benefits. In particular, the tangible benefits accrued to them have resulted in hundreds of millions of ringgit in use value.

Keywords


Orang Asli, forest resources, valuation.

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