Hunting in Sarawak

Hunting and Wildlife Management in Sarawak by Julian Caldecott (IUCN The World Conservation Union, 1988).

From the review by Clive Marsh in the Journal of Tropical Ecology, 6(2), page 120:

“Conservation efforts on behalf of tropical forests frequently invoke the value of non-timber goods and services as an argument for restricting grosser forms of forest exploitation.  A common weakness in this argument is the paucity of well-documented case studies that quantify direct benefits from forests to particular groups of people, as opposed to the wider, long-term consequences of deforestation (climate changes, reduced biodiversity and so on).  Global consequences may impress scientists, but rarely politicians in the countries that matter.  Welcome then, this latest publication from IUCN in its Tropical Forest Programme series, which sets out to quantify the value of hunted wildlife in the Malaysian state of Sarawak and recommends practical measures to ensure a continued harvest.”


“This book is strongly recommended as a work of practical conservation biology.  Above all, perhaps, it shows how much biological insight can be gleaned by the methods of social anthropology (i.e. how much the locals know!) and by a fresh eye for official statistics.  Both hunting traditions and appropriate methods of study, however, vary greatly across the tropics and one of the most useful effects of this book would be to stimulate comparable studies elsewhere.”