How nature is used and valued by villagers in two villages in Uut Murung

  • Andrea Hoeing BRINCC (Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities), The Avenue, Hitchin, Herts, UK, SG4 9RJ
  • Andhi Suncoko Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University. Indonesia
  • Deni Deni BRINCC (Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities), The Avenue, Hitchin, Herts, UK, SG4 9RJ
  • Dominic Rowland BRINCC (Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities), The Avenue, Hitchin, Herts, UK, SG4 9RJ
  • Erisa Murray Faculty of Social and Political Science, Postgraduate Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Iis Sabahudin Faculty of Social and Political Science, Postgraduate Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Michael Zrust Zoological Society of London, Regent’s Park, London, England NW1 4RY
  • Peter Houlihan BRINCC (Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities), The Avenue, Hitchin, Herts, UK, SG4 9RJ
  • Kristina Grossmann Department for Development and Cultural Studies, Southeast Asia, University of Passau, Germany
  • Matthias Waltert Georg-August-Universität, Conservation Biology / WG on Endangered Species, Bürgerstrasse 50, Goettingen, Germany
  • Susan M. Cheyne Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, The Recanati-Kaplan Centre, Tubney House, Abingdon Road, Tubney, Oxon, OX13, 5QL, U.K.

Abstract

Local communities in the upstream part of Uut Murung live in a remote forest environment. Due to its richness of natural resources there has been much interest in the region by various actors, including the government, extractive industry and conservationists. This study aimed at understanding local peoples dependencies on natural resources and the different kind of use values. Therefore, we conducted a two month expedition to two villages in Uut Murung where we conducted questionnaires, ranking methods and semi structured interviews. In general, locals were found to engage in a variety of activities to sustain livelihoods, such as fishing, hunting, gardening and searching for eaglewood. Respondents from both villages valued nature as most important from food and water supply, but also as a place to live, a stock for medicines and a stock for commodities. Animal species were found to serve different purposes for food, commodities, medicine to other purposes, such as traditional rituals. We argue that community members at our study sight might behave opportunistically despite being flexible. Our findings support the idea that a single resource might have more than one purpose; each community differs from each other, but also even within the community itself, is not homogeneous. Our findings stress the importance that locals dependencies on natural resources and social structures behind resource use, need to be understood for the long term success of any conservation or development initiative.


 

Published
2015-07-01
How to Cite
HOEING, Andrea et al. How nature is used and valued by villagers in two villages in Uut Murung. Journal of Indonesian Natural History, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 8-18, july 2015. ISSN 2685-5437. Available at: <http://jinh.fmipa.unand.ac.id/index.php/jinh/article/view/56>. Date accessed: 16 apr. 2024.
Section
Contributing Papers