The evolvement of tagal on ecotourism and environmental conservation

A case study in kampong luanti baru, Sabah

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The traditional precept of Tagal in Sabah started with riverine territorial demarcation to exploit riverine resources for a villager living within the vicinity of a river. The genesis of the modern precept of Tagal started off by focusing on river cum fish conservation. River rehabilitation and a growing fish population led to the 'taming' of the fish which eventually transformed into fish massaging. The modern precept of Tagal evolves into not only riverine conservation but also encompassing ecotourism with the participation of local communities. Ecotourism first started life with fish massaging and later extended to jungle trekking and homestay programme with the latest being Tagal fish competition. The aim of this paper is to study the evolvement of Tagal on ecotourism cum attendant local community and also environmental conservation. The research methodology adopted in this paper entails a case study of Kampong Luanti Baru. In-depth interview with key informants from Kampong Luanti Baru and Kinabalu Park and also participant observation were used to gather data. The analysis shows that the imbued precept of Tagal in the local community and the attendant socioeconomic benefits of ecotourism have benefitted environmental conservation. Holistic river management means that the upper and lower reaches of the river must be conserved. However, the long to intermediate term worry is that development in the upper reaches of the river will have negative ramifications downstream. The Tagal system, which involves a strategic partnership between the local community and the Fisheries Department of Sabah as the lead agency, has given birth to co-management. Co-management empowers the local community by its close involvement in monitoring, policing and conservation efforts, as economic benefits are dependent on a conserved riverine environment. Co-management in the development of ecotourism has a symbiotic effect, as both the local community as well as environmental conservation will eventually be in sync.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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  • Ecotourism
  • Environmental conservation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Riverine
  • Tagal

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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