Capacity Building of Local Jakun Communities at Tanjung Keruing in the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Herbal Plants and Practise of Sustainable Livelihoods
- Due to deforestation the Orang asli cannot rely on the food resources of the forest fo their existence.
-With decreasing forest areas, coupled with commercial demend for herbal palnt, the OA have littele alternative but to overharvest to get sufficient income to feed their stomachs.
- In mid 2004, 20 acres of th OA land was taken by the neighbouring community to plant rubber trees which lead to further depletion of the forest causing the OA to be further impoverished.
-As such some plants cannot be found in their area and they have to go further to the neighbouring forest areas to look for such plants.
- As a result of such competitive harvestingsome of the herbal plantsare in danger of becoming extinct. Even before the plants mature or are able to replenish at the same rate of harvesting , the plants are harvested to meet the demands of the middlemen.
- Finally the depletion of such herbal plants will also result in the younger OA generation losing their traditional knowledge.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Foundation for Community Studies and Development
Country:
Malaysia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Operational Phase:
Phase 2
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 101,807.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 7,639.00
Project Number:
MAL/04/FP-13/48
Start Date:
8/2004
End Date:
1/2007
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
A number of selected external consultants (eg. Foresters, plant scientist, handicraft trainers) would be used to build the capacity of the local Jakun community to conserve and sustainably use the herbal plants and also to undertake alternative income generating activities.
Project sustainability
Although the completed project has been formally handed over to the local Jakun community, members of FOCUSED as well as the resource people involved continue to visit, check and intervene if necessary to ensure the project's sustainability. As alternative income generation continues to grow, it is much more likely that the project on medicinal herbs and plants would be sustainable.
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