Archive for December, 2010

Cabinet committee for indigenous people in East Malaysia

Cabinet committee for indigenous people in East Malaysia.


Panel sessions seeking papers

Nurturing new geographies of coexistence: rethinking cultural interfaces in resource and environmental governance

This session brings together work of scholars who have engaged with a wide range of cultural interfaces in resource and environmental management systems to reconsider the genealogy and application of a series of related concepts that provide a powerful set of tools for nurturing respectful working relationships between customary and state-based governance and planning in resource and environmental governance.

The session will bring together in nourishing conversation a conceptual, methodological and activist discourse and invites wider participation in this discussion from a broad community of scholars, managers, activists and communities. Key themes include: Coexistence and Pluralism; Situated Engagement; SIA and Community Mapping; Indigenous rights in natural resources; Community development and Sustainability; Ethics; Community Resilience; Mobility; Co-management; and Cultural interfaces in resource and environmental governance.

Paper proposals are invited from scholars working in related areas and topics. Contact:
Professor Richie Howitt (Macquarie University, Sydney) or
Dr Gaim Lunkapis (Universiti Malaysia, Sabah)

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Conservation and Development [Destruction?]

It was reported that the Sabah State Government and Yayasan Sabah are commitment with conservation programme. This  is reflected through the setting aside of 43,800 hectares at Danum Valley, 58,800 hectares at Maliau Basin and another 30,000 hectares at Imbak Canyon which was gazetted as a Class I (Protection) Forest Reserve in 2009.

Conservation and Destruction

Map Credit YS

Well, that being the fact, let us look at the map of Sabah and see how big these conservation areas are in relation to production and exploitations areas. As can be seen from Map 1, the yellow area falls under production and FMU while the green areas are designated for conservation. A good friend said that the idea behind FMU was great and honourable but the implementation parts were being under constant media attention for various reasons.

If anyone asks my honest opinion about forest area and conservation effort in Sabah, I do have mix feeling about it. On one hand, I am grateful that such initiatives are taking place. Dr. Paul in Pix 1 is proudly standing with one of the giant trees closer to CAMP site. On the other hand, not far from the conservation area one can see vast logging activities. Off the records and after talking to rangers and drivers, I heard some heartbreaking stories about steeling timbers outside designated areas while livelihood of peoples who are dependent on forest are under threat!

Well, what have you got to say?