Accepted paper:

Nuaulu ritual protection of forest in the context of the recent history of forestry practices in eastern Indonesia

Author:

Roy Ellen (University of Kent)

Paper short abstract:

A comparison of two kinds of ritual regulation in the context of deforestation, social change and the recent history of state forest management practices on Seram, eastern Indonesia.

Paper long abstract:

Nuaulu people on the island of Seram in the Indonesian province of the Moluccas sustainably manage forest resources (timber and other products) that they need to build sacred houses, and to provision feasts that accompany important rituals. They do this through a system of protected areas. This form of ritual regulation is compared with another form well-described for the Moluccas and much-discussed in debates on how traditional arrangements can be used to deliver conservation objectives- sasi. The paper compares the two kinds of ritual regulation in the context of deforestation, social change and the recent history of state forest management practices on Seram.

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Social anthropology and natural resources