Willingness to Pay For Mangroves Conservation By The Local Communities in Salut Mengkabong Lagoon, Tuaran Sabah, Andy R. Mojiol1), Kuan Yen Hong2) & Ejria Saleh2)


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Salut Mengkabong Lagoon, Mangroves Forest Produce, local community


This research aimed to investigate the Willingness to Pay (WTP) for mangrove
conservation of local communities at Salut Mengkabong Lagoon, Tuaran based on the
amount of fees imposed on them. The content is based on questionnaire survey provided
to local communities from Mangrove Forest Produce (MFP) to their perception in
conservation programme. The survey was conducted with a priod of 7 month started
from September 2016 until March 2017. Contingent Valuation Method (CVM) was used
to calculate the Willingness to Pay (WTP) whereby 100 respondents were asked to
complete the questionnaire. From the analysis, it showed that the WTP of local
communities were affected by their monthly income. Regression model analysis with
WTP = -0.087* (monthly income) + 1.789 has been formed. Whereas, the value of
mangrove forest produce (MFP) in Salut Mengkabong Lagoon has been calculated with a
total of RM728 for the direct product while for the non-direct products such as crab,
bivalves, seashells and fishes cost about RM721 to RM2472 in a year. The study
documented mangrove forest contribution to local communities in Salut Mengkabong
Lagoon such as timber; Rhizophora mucronata and Avicennia spp, Seafood; Scylla
serrata, Geloina coaxans, various type of fishes and seashell. From the result, it was
hope that this study can promote a win-win situation to both local community and
stakeholders to come out with an effective supervision to ensure the long-lasting
dependency of local communities to the mangrove forests without undermining their
socio-economic wellbeing.
Keywords: Salut Mengkabong Lagoon, Mangroves Forest Produce, local community


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