Shifting contestation into cooperation: Strategy to incorporate different interest of actors in medicinal plants in Meru Betiri National Park, Indonesia

Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat, Ignatius Adi Nugroho, Hardjanto, Agus Purwadianto, Ahmad Maryudi, James Thomas Erbaugh

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Abstract

Meru Betiri National Park (MBNP) is home to a variety of medicinal plants that local communities collect for individual use and sale. In MBNP, a variety of actors are interested in medicinal plants for different reasons. This paper analyzes the interest and influence of ten important actors related to medicinal plant collection and use in MBNP: national park management, the Plantation and Forestry Office of Jember District, farmer groups (jaket resi), medicinal plant collectors (pendarung), medicinal plants purchasers (pengepul), small-scale medicinal plant industries of the Toga Sumber Waras, Bandealit plantation company, a conservation NGO (LSM KAIL), loggers (blandong), and log buyers (borek kayu). To examine and map the position of different interests and influences of actors involved in medicinal plant usage, this paper uses a power grid matrix. The analysis confirms that five of the ten aforementioned actors play a direct role in the medicinal plant policy process, while five actors do not and can be categorized as context setters, subjects, or crowd. This paper ends by recommending a strategy for considering policy options that promote shared interests and minimize anticipated objection from actors concerning the harvest of medicinal plants in MBNP. It concludes that the utilization of medicinal plants in MBNP, together with protection of natural resources, should become an integral part of the park's conservation strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-168
Number of pages7
JournalForest Policy and Economics
Volume83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Actor mapping
  • Conflict of interests
  • Medicinal plants
  • Meru Betiri National Park
  • Power analysis

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