Overview for A Forest Tribe of Borneo
Here is the third volume in the series Man and Forest: a series trying to highlight the relevance of â€˜indigenous knowledgeâ€™ of various tribal communities in the sustainable management of forests/local resources against the growing challenges of environmental hazards and a declining resources base. The volume takes the reader to the Dayak Benuaq village of Lempunah in Borneo (East Kalimantan, Indonesia) where, for over three hundred years, the local tribal population has made extensive use of its forest resources. More than a hundred locally-differentiated rice varieties and 150 other crops are cultivated over a mosaic forest of 9,200 ha. Besides maintaining a high level of bio-diversity, Lempunah villagers are managing an enormous reservoir of flora and fauna for their extended subsistence economy, including trade with various forest products over long distances. Market fluctuations and other uncertainties here are coped with by resources diversification and a high dynamic flexibility in switching between the use of resources. Together with vivid descriptions, Christian Gonner offers an insightful analysis of local resources use patterns, covering swidden agriculture, mixed forest gardens, ratten gardens, rubber gardens, and the non-cultivated forest â€˜in-betweenâ€™ and temporal and spatial aspects of life in Lempunah. Christian Gonner has, for this study, applied ethonological, ecological, and geographical field-research methods.
Christian Gonner (Author)
Christian Gonner is a biologist by profession, with specialized interests in ornithology. He also studied ethnology for years before his research work in Borneo. Indisputably a scholar with varied academic and research concerns, he is today recognized as a leading specialist in Applied Ecology, whose approach to resource management practices unites knowledge of natural and social sciences. Presentlky living in Sumatra with his family, Dr. Gonner is working for a nature conservation project. He has also been a consultant to several Indonesian development projects from time to time.