Perception on Environmental Conservation in Similajau National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Malaysian Forester 2020, 83 (2): 405 – 422

Author(s)

Sim, K. C., Mohamad Syahrul Nizam, I., Juriah, K., Zamri. R. And Suziana, H.

Abstract

It is widely recognised that the management for protected areas such

as national park face the challenges that exist between conservation

requirements and public expectations. The purpose of this study is to identify

public perception of conserving Similajau National Park and to provide

information to the park management. Factor analysis was used as a data

reduction method. The significant variables are extracted and regrouped

accordingly into several factors that generated a new set of scales. As a result,

25 perceptions that significantly contribute to determining public’s perception

of environmental conservation at the park are derived; the variables are

regrouped into two thematic indicators. The indicators as perceived by the

visitors could be useful for the management in the future conservation of the

national park and the provision of essential services and facilities.