The roles of traditional knowledge systems in orang-utan Pongo spp. and forest conservation: a case study of Danau Sentarum, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
To explore how community-based orang-utan conservation could be developed within and around the wetlands of Danau Sentarum, the authors conducted a study to understand informal institutions. In particularly, they focused on local people's perceptions, traditional beliefs, taboos, norms and knowledge of orang-utan conservation. The authors find that the majority of Dayak communities interviewed practised traditional taboos, which supported the protection of orang-utans and their habitat. Though, local people had negative perceptions about the term ‘conservation’.