Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation in Sabah, Malaysia

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Malaysia is one of the twelve "mega diversity" countries in the world. The rich biological resource have given rise to rich cultural heritage of sustainable use amongst indigenous people of Malaysia, especially those dependent on the forest for their livelihood. The element of the rich cultural heritage, which related to nature, are reflected in their belief and religious system.
Sabah's indigenous peoples have over the centuries developed unique systems to safeguard and establish a peaceful existence for their communities, a sustainable livelihood and the use of resources within their surroundings. These indigenous system have a harmonious relationship with nature, dignity, subsistance and sustainability.
Although rural communities continues to maintain and practice their adat (traditional set of values), these adat are being threatened by the arrival of a new value system. This traditional knowledge has been denigrated or even no longer existing due to lack of conscious on its importance.


Keywords: Indigenous People, Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge
Stream: First Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Normala Othman

Lecturer, Department of Government and Civilization Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia

UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Lecturer in Civilization Studies.

Dr Adlina Ab. Halim

Lecturer, Department of Government & Civilisation Studies 
Faculty of Human Ecology, University Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


Sri Rahayu Ismail

Lecturer, Department of Government and Civilization Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Lecturer in Civilization Studies

Prof Jayum Jawan

Professor of Politics and Government, Department of Government and Civilisation Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia

-, -, Malaysia

Jayum Jawan Ph.D. (Hull)is Professor of Politics and Government at the Dept of Government & Civilisation Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. =He has more than 25 years of experiences in teaching, supervising postgraduate students, and conducting research. He published extensively as well as speak regularly on Malaysian politics and the dynamic of Malaysia's plural society in national and international journal and conference respectively.

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