Sustainable Livelihood of Peatland Dwellers in the Mukah Watershed, Sarawak, Malaysia

Peter, Songan and Gabriel Tonga, Noweg and Wan Sulaiman, W. H. and Murtedza, Mohamed (2007) Sustainable Livelihood of Peatland Dwellers in the Mukah Watershed, Sarawak, Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction (MJLI). ISSN 1675-8110


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A large area of peatland in Sarawak occurs in Mukah Division. Although, considered unsuitable for the cultivation of certain crops, peatlands have been used by the local communities for subsistence agriculture and sago cultivation for generations. When the Land Custody Development Authority (LCDA) allocated 30,000 hectares of land for sago cultivation in the Mukah watershed, opportunities to improve and sustain the livelihood of the communities were eagerly projected. Has this strategy improved and sustained the livelihood of the communities living in the Mukah watershed? Prior to this, what strategy options have they been adapting to sustain their livelihood? A socioeconomic survey was conducted on a sample of 300 respondents from seven selected villages in the Mukah watershed. The socioeconomic profile and the present socioeconomic activities, as well as the socio-cultural aspects related to these activities were examined. The study also provided some strategies and recommendations on how to further develop and sustain the livelihood of the local communities in order to prevent further deterioration of peatland in the Mukah watershed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: local communities, socioeconomic conditions, livelihood strategy options, tropical peatland, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Applied Learning & Multimedia
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 02:57
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 02:57

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