Social Indicators Research

, Volume 125, Issue 3, pp 771–792 | Cite as

Livelihood Assets and Vulnerability Context of Marine Park Community Development in Malaysia

  • Muhammad Mehedi Masud
  • Fatimah Kari
  • Siti Rohani Binti Yahaya
  • Abul Quasem Al-Amin


This study assesses the community’s standard of living using the well-known Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA) as an analytical framework within the Marine Park Areas (MPAs) in Peninsular Malaysia. We focus on livelihood sustainability and environmental issues challenging MPAs. In order to protect and conserve vulnerable marine life, our efforts assess the residents’ wellbeing and identify major environmental issues associated with MPAs. The major findings of this study indicate that social and physical assets of the societies within the Marine Park Island improved with economic development, but they continue to lack in human capital, and financial and environmental assets. It is expected that this study would assist policy makers to formulate enhanced policies for conserving marine diversity as well as to improve the socio-economic status of the communities that reside therein.


Livelihood asset Communities’ well-being Standard of living Sustainable Livelihood Approach Marine Park Areas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammad Mehedi Masud
    • 1
  • Fatimah Kari
    • 1
  • Siti Rohani Binti Yahaya
    • 2
  • Abul Quasem Al-Amin
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and AdministrationUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and Administration, The Centre for Poverty and Development StudiesUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.International Business School (IBS)Universiti Teknologi MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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