Local perceptions of oil palm plantation: Case study in Kumai subdistrict, Central Kalimantan

Meilati Ligardini Manggala, Arzyana Sunkar, Rachel Carmenta

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Being directly affected by oil palm plantation development, local people's opinions need to be acknowledged as they indicate the future development of the plantation. This study was conducted to analyse the local people's perceptions of oil palm plantations. A five-point Likert scale household survey was conducted in August 2017 in one hamlet and two villages where a new oil palm plantation had just been developed (trees planted in 2013). The statements were read by a surveyor to 97 respondents selected using convenience sampling. The results were analysed using descriptive qualitative analysis. The study found that the local people's perceptions of oil palm plantations had both common and distinct results, based on the location and community characteristics. People in the three study sites showed some common perceptions towards the economic and social impacts of the oil palm plantation, with economic impacts receiving the most positive perceptions. People showed the most positive attitudes towards the plantation's impacts in increasing employment (95.56%) and decreasing urbanisation (95.56%). On the contrary, their perceptions of the plantation's environmental impacts received the lowest positive perceptions. However, unlike the negative accusations towards the plantation's impact on forest and land fires, all respondents agreed that the company did not cause the fires.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Conference on Global Resource Conservation, ICGRC and AJI from Ritsumeikan University
EditorsFahrul Zaman Bin Huyop, Dian Siswanto, Retno Mastuti, Chairat Treesubsuntorn
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735417373
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Global Resource Conservation and AJI from Ritsumeikan University, ICGRC 2018 - Malang City - East Java, Indonesia
Duration: 7 Mar 20188 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference9th International Conference on Global Resource Conservation and AJI from Ritsumeikan University, ICGRC 2018
CityMalang City - East Java


  • Development
  • oil
  • palm plantation

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