UNDERSTANDING THE UTILIZATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR LIVELIHOOD IN LIWAGU WATER CATCHMENT AREA

Jurry Foo, Ramzah Dambul, Abdul Afiq Masleh, Abdul Razzaq Bakri, Jumriati Abdullah

Abstract


This paper is proposed to overview the livelihood pattern and the utilization trend of natural resources by the local community in the Liwagu water catchment, Tambunan, Sabah. It will be a basic contention to understand how human being managing their resources for livelihood, especially to obtained needs as well as to maximize satisfaction of want. This is one of the key process in doing water conservation plan for the area managed by the community. Preliminary study has been conducted to understand the dependence on natural resource as a life support system. Collected data was analyzed descriptively as well as SWOT analysis. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) has been used to identify the attitudinal pattern of local community towards their livelihood. Results presented will serve as baseline documentation to enhance natural resources management towards sustainable living without affecting the freshwater resources. In overall, the livelihood pattern of local community relatively depended on natural resources. Whereas, the uses of those resources is likely to meet the domestic needs. In terms of attitude, they are classified into five groups, where the majority of is Pro-infrastructure. While SWOT analysis indicate that the use of natural resources in Liwagu catchment areas is under control.

Keywords


Livelihood, utilization, water catchment, local community, natural resources

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