Transboundary ecological conservation, environmental value and environmental sustainability: Lessons from the heart of borneo

Choy Yee Keong, Ayumi Onuma

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Balancing economic growth with international commitments to environmental sustaina-bility is a global challenge. One of the main objectives of this study is to address this challenge by stimulating and sustaining motivation for environmental conservation by means of a comprehen-sive rethinking of the values inherent in nature and the limitations of monetary approaches to biodiversity valuation. This is achieved based on a case study of a transboundary ecological conservation project, the Heart of Borneo (HoB) in Borneo Island, covering Kalimantan in Indonesia, Borneo Malaysia comprising the states of Sarawak and Sabah, and Brunei Darussalam. This study synthe-sizes critical insights into the multiple ranges of life-supporting environmental values embedded in the HoB natural capital to enhance stronger motivations for environmental conservation. The study also reports on evidence gathered from extensive field studies conducted in Borneo Malaysia, con-firming the correlations between environmental beliefs in value pluralism, ecological action, and environmental sustainability, and its implications for sustainable resource use and management. The synthesis is expected to serve as practical guidance for sustainable resource and environmental management decision-making, which is conceptually and universally applicable.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9727
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sept 1


  • Anthropocentrism
  • Ecocentrism
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Indigenous adat (custom)
  • Transboundary ecological conservation
  • Value monism
  • Value pluralism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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