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

Kangayatkarasu Nagulendran, Rory Padfield, Sheema Aziz, A. Aldrie Amir, Abd. Rahim Abd. Rahman, Mohamad A. Latiff, Mohamad Zafir, Aida Ghani Quilter, Ange Tan, Sharifuddin Arifah, Noor Awang, Noraini Azhar, Perumal Balu, Pek Chuan Gan, Ning Hii, Mohammad I. H. Reza, Rama Iyer Lakshmi Lavanya, Teckwyn Lim, Shrestha Mahendra, Darmaraj Mark RayanSuzanne McGowan, Midori Paxton, Zakaria Mohamed, Daim Mohd. Salleh, M. Tajuddin Abdullah, Nik Aznizan N. Ibrahim, Chong Leong Puan, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, Idris S. M. Mohamed, Leng Guan Saw, Kumaran Shashi, Elagupillay Sivananthan, Dionysius S.K. Sharma, Suksuwan Surin, Ponnusamy Vanitha, Jamie Wadey, Wan Mohd Wan Hasmah, Ee Phuin Wong, Pui May Wong, Chin Aik Yeap, Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1254078
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalCogent Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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