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Human activities and conservation awareness between Community Use Zone (CUZ) areas of Kinabalu Park and Crocker Range Park, Sabah


Andy R. Mojiol and Maureen J. Tapuang and Razak Wahab (2016) Human activities and conservation awareness between Community Use Zone (CUZ) areas of Kinabalu Park and Crocker Range Park, Sabah. Journal of Tropical Resources and Sustainable Sciences, 4 (1). pp. 31-37. ISSN 2462-2389


The Parks Enactment 1984 prohibits any human activities in the Park in order to conserve the
natural ecosystem but in reality there are some people living inside the Park and doing cultivation.
Community Use Zone (CUZ) is a management option in an attempt to strike a balance between
the conservation priorities of the Park and the livelihoods of the local communities who depend
on the Park for survival. This study looks into the relationship between types of crops planted
within the CUZ areas, evaluate the contribution for the local communities’ livelihood, and
determine the perception and conservation awareness of local community activities. The data for
this study was collected by using face-to-face interview technique. Closed and open-ended
structured questions were used in the interview. Apart from that observation was useful to
obtained information which cannot achieve from structured interviews. Percentage, mean and
range were used to summarize the results. With the use of socioeconomic survey and economic
valuation on sales products approach, it was possible to determine the objectives of this study.
Major crops grown are permanent crops such as rubber trees, fruit trees, and cash crops such as
vegetables, cocoa and coffee trees were identified as the type of crops that were cultivated for
economic sources by farmers in Kg. Sayap, Kota Belud and Kg. Mongool Baru Ulu Senagang,
Keningau/Tenom. Rubber trees contributed the highest source of income followed by fruit trees
such as durian, langsat and rambutan, cocoa trees and vegetables. The study showed that the
perception and conservation awareness of the local communities in both villages had high
awareness level. They are aware of the issues that concerning forest conservation. The study had
determined that the CUZ is a tool management for the local communities to survive their living
which is recommended to be applied but further research on the local communities’ livelihood
dependency on protected areas should be conducted for the sake of forest conservation.

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Item Type: Non-Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: 23 December 2016
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Tropical Resources and Sustainable Sciences
ISSN: 2462-2389
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human activities: conservation awareness: community use zone.
Faculty/Centre/Office: Faculty of Earth Sciences
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