Integrating Local Culture into Forest Conservation: A Case Study of The Manggarai Tribe in Ruteng Mountains, Indonesia

  • Iswandono E
  • Zuhud E
  • et al.
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Abstract

Ruteng Mountains in Flores Island, Indonesia are inhabited by people from the tribe Manggarai. There are two tropical rain forest, namely the Forest Ruteng and Todo. In the forest Todo, local community granted access to timber to build traditional house while in Ruteng Forest is closed because the status of the area as a conservation area. This study aimed to compare welfare as an indication of the impact of giving the access to local community into the forest. The study employs a qualitative research through ethnographic approach. The qualitative data in 2014 was obtained through field observation, interviews and literature. The study shows that local community in the Forest Todo that are granted access into the forest and ecotourism is more welfare than in Forest Ruteng who are not granted access because of the absence of conflict and also the fulfillment of economic need and spiritual.

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Iswandono, E., Zuhud, E. A. M., Hikmat, A., & Kosmaryandi, N. (2015). Integrating Local Culture into Forest Conservation: A Case Study of The Manggarai Tribe in Ruteng Mountains, Indonesia. Jurnal Manajemen Hutan Tropika (Journal of Tropical Forest Management), 21(2), 55–64. https://doi.org/10.7226/jtfm.21.2.55

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