The Bajau: future marine park managers in Indonesia? (Abstracts).
The author explores the potential role and contribution of local peoples to the management of the marine environment and resources, focusing on the sea-faring Bajau people of the Indonesian Archipelago. She examines how their skills, knowledge, and experience might be utilized in the simultaneous conservation and controlled development of Indonesia's coastal and marine environments, possibly through the establishment of marine parks. Their stewardship of the marine environment might provide the Bajau with a buffer against external pressures which are at present threatening their established way of life. The Bajau were once a widespread boat-dwelling people of Southeast Asia, but if present trends continue, the sea nomad culture will eventually disappear. More and more Bajau people have settled along the coasts of Sulawesi, Kalimantan Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, and Halmahera. This change in lifestyle has brought environmental issues to the forefront: gradually the Bajau have traded their boats for temporary, and later more permanent, settlements. The author discusses Bajau fishing methods, marine cosmology, and the possibility of Bajau stewardship. She argues that the Bajau living in and nearby (proposed) marine reserves could play a significant role in park planning and management building upon their intimate knowledge of and affinity with the sea (Drs. Youetta M. de Jager).
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|Publication:||Borneo Research Bulletin|
|Date:||Jan 1, 1999|
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