IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(2): 159-163 ISSN:2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.88

Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation in Sabah, Malaysia

A. Ab. Halim, N. Othman, S. R. Ismail, J. A. Jawan, and N. N. Ibrahim

Abstract—Feasibility of existing indigenous knowledge that maintain customary practices are relevant for management, conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in Sabah. The status of knowledge among indigenous communities involving both practical and embedded spiritual beliefs, i.e. indigenous people is still maintaining their hunting seasons. These seasons are upheld based on the knowledge about breeding seasons, patterns of different species and also particular about hunting areas. The purpose of this paper is to assess the indigenous system towards agricultures, river and resources management. This paper also aims to report the level of the indigenous people towards biodiversity and their perceptions of biodiversity conservation in general.

Index Terms—Biodiversity, indigenous knowledge, Sabah.

The authors are with the Department of Government & Civilisation Studies, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia. (e-mail:adlina@putra.upm.edu.my;  jayum@putra.upm.edu.my; sri@putra.upm.edu.my; normala_o@putra.upm.edu.my)

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Cite: A. Ab. Halim, N. Othman, S. R. Ismail, J. A. Jawan, and N. N. Ibrahim, "Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation inSabah, Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 159-163, 2012.

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