Palawan island in the Philippines, an MLA approach was used in the context of
the EU funded project 'Leveling the Playing Field’.
This project aims to help stakeholders in Indonesia, Malaysia and the
Philippines achieve natural resources management. Stakeholders have different
interests, goals and views on how natural resources should be managed-
especially the views of traditional communities may be harder to solicit.
approach was used to assess how a Batak community from Palawan uses and
perceives its natural resources. As well as revealing their perceptions
about the environment, MLA provided biodiversity information on the
different types of landscapes and the condition of the forests. Information was
also gathered on how the Batak think about the future of these landscapes and
what role they would like to play in the management of the natural resources in
their territory. Local communities’ views should be considered in the
preparation of a management plan from the very beginning.
Palawan island in the Philippines
M. & Liswanti, N. (2006) Biodiversity in a Batak village of Palawan
(Philippines). A multidisciplinary assessment of local perceptions and
priorities. CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia