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

Kangayatkarasu, Nagulendran and Padfield, Rory and Aziz, Sheema A. and Amir, A. Aldrie and Rahman, Abd. Rahim Abd. and Latiff, Mohamad A. and Zafir, Ahmad and Quilter, Aida Ghani and Tan, Ange and Arifah, Sharifuddin and Awang, Noor and Azhar, Noraini and Balu, Perumal and Gan, Pek Chuan and Hii, Ning and Reza, Mohammad I.H. and Lavanya, Rama Iyer Lakshmi and Lim, Teckwyn and Mahendra, Shrestha and Rayan, Darmaraj Mark and McGowan, Suzanne and Paxton, Midori and Mohamed, Zakaria and Salleh, Daim Mohd. and Abdullah, M. Tajuddin and Ibrahim, Nik Aznizan N. and Puan, Chong Leong and Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben and Mohamed, Idris S.M. and Saw, Leng Guan and Shashi, Kumaran and Sivananthan, Elagupillay and Sharma, Dionysius S.K. and Surin, Suksuwan and Vanitha, Ponnusamy and Wadey, Jamie and Hasmah, Wan Mohd Wan and Wong, Ee Phin and Wong, Pui May and Yeap, Chin Aik and Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa (2016) A multi-stakeholder strategy to identify conservation priorities in Peninsular Malaysia. Cogent Environmental Science, 2 . p. 1254078. ISSN 2331-1843

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, Malaysia > Faculty of Science > School of Geography
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311843.2016.1254078
Depositing User: KANGAYATKARASU, NAGULENDRAN
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 11:42
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 09:17
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48870

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