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The Nature and Culture of RattanReflections on Vanishing Life in the Forests of Southeast Asia$
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Stephen F. Siebert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835361

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835361.001.0001

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Conclusion: Daud, Our Sons, and the Future

Conclusion: Daud, Our Sons, and the Future

(p.108) Chapter 12 Conclusion: Daud, Our Sons, and the Future
The Nature and Culture of Rattan

Stephen F. Siebert

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter discusses the social, economic, and political forces that have undermined sustainable rattan harvesting and community-based natural resource management in Southeast Asia. Drawing on the experiences of rattan-cane collectors and artisans such as Daud of Moa, it considers how the rapid expansion of commercial logging, including illegal logging, transformed both the physical environment and local cultures and institutions. In particular, it cites the environmental degradation caused by large-scale, commercial logging and its impact on lowland forests in general and on forest communities that depend on rattan and other forest resources for their livelihood in particular. The chapter also examines reasons to be optimistic that some communities may successfully retain and nurture their forest resources, in part due to the efforts of domestic and international nongovernmental organizations and improved information technology. It argues that the greatest challenge to maintaining local forest uses and management capabilities may be the resilience of the societies themselves.

Keywords:   rattan harvesting, natural resource management, Southeast Asia, Moa, logging, environmental degradation, forests, forest communities, livelihood, forest resources

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