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Overview of legal and administrative approaches to manage human-wildlife conflicts in Malaysia

Mustafa, Maizatun and Ariffin, Mariani and Sabran, Siti Fatimah and Tan, Sarah (2017) Overview of legal and administrative approaches to manage human-wildlife conflicts in Malaysia. In: International Conference on Dispute Resolution 2017 - Modern Trends in Effective Dispute Resolution, 9th-10th August 2017, Kuala Lumpur.

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Human-wildlife conflicts result when the actions of humans or wildlife have an adverse impact upon the other. This paper presents an overview of Malaysia’s legal and administrative approaches to manage human-wildlife conflicts (HWC). Firstly, the paper reviews the status of wildlife in Malaysia and the current conflicts involving man and wild animals that happen both in urban and rural areas. Then it identifies government’s policy relating to land-use planning as well as wildlife conservation, and examines how such policies have shaped HWC. While urbanization and agricultural expansion are considered main factors that contribute towards such conflict, environmental law and relevant administrative instrument on the other hand can play vital roles to support the management and mitigation of HWC. For this purpose, the article examines existing legal provisions and administrative strategy applicable in Malaysia to manage and mitigate conflicting interests of human and wildlife. The examination concludes that law and institutions have important roles to play in managing and mitigating HWC. Mitigation measures through the provisions of law and institutional strategy that take into consideration biological, economic and social factors can effectively narrow down the conflicts. At the same time such measures also help towards environmental conservation, and enhancement of human welfare, health and safety

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 1653/57325
Uncontrolled Keywords: human-wildlife conflict, mitigation, environmental law, institutional strategy
Subjects: K Law > KPG Malaysia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Physics
Depositing User: Dr. Maizatun Mustafa
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 10:06
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 10:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57325

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