An island in transition: governing conservation and development in Seram, Indonesia

Langston, James Douglas, Riggs, Rebecca Anne, Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni, Kastanya, Agustinus, and Sayer, Jeffrey (2020) An island in transition: governing conservation and development in Seram, Indonesia. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 41 (3). pp. 413-431.

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Seram is Indonesia's 8th largest island. It is central to the historic spice islands, once a hotbed for international trade of profitable tree-products, primarily clove and nutmeg. Recent increased rates of social and ecological change, including costly conflicts, present Seram with new challenges and opportunities for conservation and development. Using place-based transdisciplinary research methods, we diagnose the problems emerging in Seram. Engaging with actors across multiple scales and sectors, we explore drivers of change, social-ecological impacts, and institutional arrangements that might achieve improved inclusive and sustainable development outcomes. Traditional and formal governance arrangements require harmonizing to optimize the benefits and costs from large-scale investments arriving in Seram. Organizations wishing to achieve positive impact can more strategically engage with the broad range of actors to harmonize divergent visions for the future and confront the reality of incoming investments and infrastructure.

Item ID: 64243
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-9493
Keywords: conservation and development, governance, embedded science, Indonesia
Copyright Information: © 2020 Department of Geography, National University of Singapore and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
Funders: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
Projects and Grants: CEPF grant number 66590
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 07:36
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440703 Economic development policy @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy @ 50%
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