Conflicts of Human-Wildlife Co-Existence: Voices from the Authority

Mohd Fauzi Kamarudin, Aida Nasirah Abdullah, Kalthom Husain, Peter Denyer-Simmons, Mehmet Mehmet

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Conflicts of human-wildlife co-existence is a complex matter involving various parties such as the community, the wildlife NGOs, and the authorities. Communication among stakeholders is vital to ensure that conflict management strategies is planned well and is effective in solving the arising conflicts. This is a case study conducted in a Malay settlement in Melaka about conflicts of human-wildlife co-existence. The case study involves the disturbances caused by the long-tailed macaque to the settlers in the Melaka Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA) which includes property and crops damages resulting to psychological and emotional impacts to the settlers. This paper seeks to present the experiences and life accounts of the officers from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) with regards to the issue of long-tailed macaque disturbances in the area studied. A focus group interview was carried out with the officers from the authority involved. Analysis of the interview found interesting insights relating to issues of work system, procedure and policies, as well as on the historical background of the conflicts between the community and the long-tailed macaque. The paper contributes towards a better understanding of the issues related to human-wildlife co-existence and the importance of communication between stakeholders involved.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 04 Jul 2017
EventAustralia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2017 Annual Conference - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 04 Jul 201707 Jul 2017 (Conference website ) (Conference website)


ConferenceAustralia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2017 Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleCommunication worlds: Access, voice, diversity, engagement
OtherThe conference invited reflections on the worlds of communication we inhabit, create and reshape – from ancient, modern and future communication worlds through to colonial and postcolonial worlds, activist and start-up worlds, ecologies, ecosystems and environments.

As we can see from our various encounters with the internet and social media across the globe, different types of ‘worlding’ enable and/or inhibit our access to, voice, participation in and engagement with media and communication spheres. With these four concepts in mind, ANZCA 2017 sought to explore who has access to our symbolic worlds and who is excluded from them; what knowledges, skills, resources and strategies enable us to enter these worlds; and what forms of presence these environments support, as well as what absences they suggest. Our second theme explored the concepts of voice and listening – who decides, on what terms and with what consequences, when people are given platforms to speak? How and in what contexts are they heard? Media diversity was a third theme, inviting accounts of how we might reimagine communication worlds, policies, practices and platforms for the more effective expression of cultural diversity. Engagement, our final theme asked colleagues how we might invite and recruit people to communicate in our worlds, and how we might we gauge the depth, breadth or scope of their interests, responses and contributions.
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