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A multi-stakeholder strategy to identify conservation priorities in Peninsular Malaysia


Nagulendran, Kangayatkarasu and Padfield, Roryd and A. Aziz, Sheema and Amir, A. Aldrie and Abd. Rahman, Abd. Rahim and A. Latiff, Mohamad and Zafir, Ahmad and Quilter, Aida Ghani and Tan, Ange and Arifah, Sharifuddin and Awang, Noor and Azhar, Noraini and Balu, Perumal and Pek, Chuan Gan and Hii, Ning and Reza, Mohammad I. H. and Lakshmi Lavanya, Rama Iyer and Lim, Teckwyn and Mahendra, Shrestha and Rayan, Darmaraj Mark and McGowan, Suzanne and Paxton, Midori and Mohamed, Zakaria and Mohd. Salleh, Daim and Abdullah, M. Tajuddin and N. Ibrahim, Nik Aznizan and Chong, Leong Puan and Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben and Mohamed, Idris S.M. and Leng, Guan Saw and Shashi, Kumaran and Sivananthan, Elagupillay and Sharma, Dionysius S.K. and Surin, Suksuwan and Vanitha, Ponnusamy and Wadey, Jamie and Wan Hasmah, Wan Mohd and Ee, Phin Wong and Pui, May Wong and Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa (2016) A multi-stakeholder strategy to identify conservation priorities in Peninsular Malaysia. Cogent Environmental Science, 2 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 2331-1843


Malaysia, with its rapidly growing economy, exemplifies the tensions between conservation and development faced by many tropical nations. Here we present the results of a multi-stakeholder engagement exercise conducted to (1) define conservation priorities in Peninsular Malaysia and (2) explore differences in perceptions among and within stakeholder groups (i.e. government, academia, NGOs and the private sector). Our data collection involved two workshops and two online surveys where participants identified seven general conservation themes and ranked the top five priority issues within each theme. The themes were: (1) policy and management, (2) legislation and enforcement, (3) finance and resource allocation, (4) knowledge, research and development, (5) socio-economic issues, (6) public awareness and participation and (7) rights of nature. In spite of their very different backgrounds and agendas, the four stakeholder groups showed general agreement in their priority preferences except for two issues. Respondents from government and private sector differed the most from each other in their priority choices while academia and NGO showed the highest degree of similarity. This ranked list of 35 conservation priorities is expected to influence the work of policy-makers and others in Peninsular Malaysia and can be used as a model to identify conservation priorities elsewhere.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311843.2016.1254078
Publisher: Cogent OA
Keywords: Governance; Priority issues; Protected areas; Wildlife; Stakeholder engagement; Science–policy interface; Peninsular Malaysia
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 01:59
Last Modified: 28 May 2018 01:59
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/54864
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