Ethnicity as a Factor Influencing Sustainable Forest Resource Management: A Case Study of a Village in Taunggyi District in Myanmar's Shan State

H. Hashiguchi, M. Toda, W. C. Chew, M. Hiratsuka

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Abstract

We investigated the impact of ethnicity on the adaptability of forest resource management in Myanmar. Within Myanmar's ethnically diverse population, extensive economically motivated internal migration has led to the forming new villages comprising people of different ethnicities. Conditions and problems encountered in these newly formed villages may differ from those in ancestral villages where customary rights prevail. We assessed the livelihood systems and cooperative behaviours of different ethnic groups within a study village. Our findings were as follows: 1) households' ethnicities influenced their levels of dependence on different livelihood sources, namely Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) and field crops, and 2) cooperation among the villagers of different ethnicity was weak. To achieve successful and sustainable natural resource management in such region, the characteristics of different ethnic groups should be taken into account in community forest management plan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012060
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Volume690
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar 9
Event2020 International Symposium on Water, Ecology and Environment, ISWEE 2020 - Beijing, Virtual, China
Duration: 2020 Dec 62020 Dec 8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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