Public Perception of Forestry Practices in Malaysia
Keywords:conservation; Malaysia; politics; tropical forest; young people perception
This article endeavors to assess public perceptions about the importance of forests for young people in the age group of 21-35 years in Malaysia based on 1,503 reliably answered interviews. Overall patterns show that timber production and environmental protection are very important attributes among this age group. The interviews indicated high awareness of the negative environmental impacts of deforestation, with high levels of concern over higher temperatures, air pollution, and loss of clean water sources. Large-scale deforestation (e.g., for industrial oil palm plantations) and political interference appeared to be more context-dependent, with most respondents considering it to have an overall negative impact on sustainable forestry in Malaysia. Increasing information accessibility, awareness, and experience in the forest of the young people could ultimately result in positive processes.
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