Assessing natural capitals for sustainable ecotourism in Tasik Chini Biosphere Reserve

Habibah Ahmad, I. Mushrifah, Jemaima Che Hamzah, Mohd. Ekhwan Toriman, A. Buang, K. Jusoff, M. J. Mohd. Fuad, A. C. Er, Azima Abdul Manaf, A. Habibah, Mushrifah Idris, Hamzah Jusoh, M. E. Toriman, Amiah @ Amriah Buang, Mohd. Fuad Mat Jali, Ah Choy Er

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Ecotourism is well accepted as the panacea for achieving sustainable development, especially in the protected areas including the Biosphere reserves. Being a resource based activity; ecotourism is highly dependent on the natural capitals available in the areas and to some extent, own and inherited by the locals. In fact, ecotourism sustainability does not only lie on the locals' responsibility, but must be appreciated by all stakeholders who rely on the natural capitals in offering the ecotourism experiences and businesses. Nevertheless how each of the stakeholders perceived the natural capital is still understudied especially in seeking for a balance perspective between conservation and ecotourism development. Based on this backdrop, this article aims to assess the stakeholders' perspectives of the natural capitals for sustainable ecotourism in Tasik Chini Biosphere Reserve. The findings reveal that every stakeholder has their own positive and negative opinions on the sustainability of natural capitals. Nevertheless, there seems an agreement of valuing natural capital as important resources though some assert on the decline of the natural capital was due to the encroachment of new development forces. It is imperative that a study on mapping the natural capital within the stakeholders' perspectives will contribute to a more holistic approach in managing and attempt to risks of natural capital in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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Keywords

  • Biosphere reserve
  • Ecotourism
  • Four tiers perspectives
  • Natural capital
  • Sustainability

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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Assessing natural capitals for sustainable ecotourism in Tasik Chini Biosphere Reserve. / Ahmad, Habibah; Mushrifah, I.; Che Hamzah, Jemaima; Toriman, Mohd. Ekhwan; Buang, A.; Jusoff, K.; Mohd. Fuad, M. J.; Er, A. C.; Abdul Manaf, Azima; Habibah, A.; Idris, Mushrifah; Jusoh, Hamzah; Toriman, M. E.; Buang, Amiah @ Amriah; Mat Jali, Mohd. Fuad; Er, Ah Choy.

In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 1-9.

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Ahmad, H, Mushrifah, I, Che Hamzah, J, Toriman, ME, Buang, A, Jusoff, K, Mohd. Fuad, MJ, Er, AC, Abdul Manaf, A, Habibah, A, Idris, M, Jusoh, H, Toriman, ME, Buang, AA, Mat Jali, MF & Er, AC 2012, 'Assessing natural capitals for sustainable ecotourism in Tasik Chini Biosphere Reserve', Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
Ahmad, Habibah ; Mushrifah, I. ; Che Hamzah, Jemaima ; Toriman, Mohd. Ekhwan ; Buang, A. ; Jusoff, K. ; Mohd. Fuad, M. J. ; Er, A. C. ; Abdul Manaf, Azima ; Habibah, A. ; Idris, Mushrifah ; Jusoh, Hamzah ; Toriman, M. E. ; Buang, Amiah @ Amriah ; Mat Jali, Mohd. Fuad ; Er, Ah Choy. / Assessing natural capitals for sustainable ecotourism in Tasik Chini Biosphere Reserve. In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences. 2012 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 1-9.
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