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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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The Forest of Contradictions

The Forest of Contradictions

Coffee Versus Conservation at Indonesia’s Kerinci Seblat National Park

(p.216) The Forest of Contradictions
At Home and in the Field

Keith Andrew Bettinger

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter is situated in the Kerinci Seblat National Park—a large protected area on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia—where, in a valley called Lembah Masurai, thousands of farmers have been illegally moving into the park to grow coffee. This was not, however, a case of a massive transnational corporation greedily plundering the rain forest; this was a case of the little guy taking the initiative to improve their lot in life—a situation made all the more complicated by the opposing goals of wildlife conservation. Examining the forced relocation of thousands of local people for the implementation of a conservation area around the Sumatran Tiger habitat, this chapter studies how saving tigers in Indonesia conflicts with local coffee farmers' livelihoods.

Keywords:   coffee farmers, Sumatran Tigers, Kerinci Seblat National Park, Indonesia, Lembah Masurai, coffee, coffee farming, wildlife conservation, relocation

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