Analysis of local perspectives on sustainable forest management: an Indonesian case study uri icon

abstract

  • Despite widespread acceptance of sustainability as the ultimate goal of forestmanagement, perspectives about its meaning, significance, and relevant indicatorsmay still differ. This paper examines local perspectives on sustainability, and evaluatestheir similarities and differences. A systematic procedure based on criteria ofproximity, pre-existing rights, dependency, knowledge of forest management, forestryspirit, daily activity, and legal rights was used to identify a small group of relevantstakeholders representing different groups, institutions, and organizations. Usingparticipatory action research (PAR), stakeholders were asked to identify relevantindicators of sustainable forest management. The indicators identified by eachstakeholder were then compared to a consolidated list assembled by field facilitatorswith respect to whether relevant indicators are present or not. Based on the resultingpresence/absence matrix, a statistical tool called the simple matching coefficient wasused to estimate the similarity measures among the stakeholders’ perspectives. Inaddition, cluster analysis was used to classify groups of stakeholders depending ontheir similarities to each other. Finally, hypotheses related to the ‘closeness’ ofperspectives among local communities, non-governmental organizations, a timbercompany, and government organizations, as revealed by their selection of indicators,were tested. Results show that: (a) local communities have different perceptions interms of what they consider to be important indicators compared to the NGOs, (b)there are significantly different perceptions between the government and the timbercompanies, and (c) there are also different perceptions between urban and field-basedpersonnel of the same organization

publication date

  • 2005
  • 2005