Our evaluation of Malinau’s land is divided into three parts: the first focuses upon a standard, or ‘soil scientists’, assessment, the second investigate local people’s perceptions, and the third offers a comparison of the two.
This section describes the results of an examination of our field and laboratory measurements using standard assessment procedures.
Selected sites are biased towards flatter terrain (figure 6). This is a practical reflection of the difficulties of sampling on severe slopes, but also emphasises areas that are accessible, and useful, to local communities. Local people prefer level areas for their settlements, agricultural fields and gardens.