International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Comparison of Awareness on Aesthetic and Other Forest Values between Korean and Malaysian’ University Student
Azlin HIlwani Ayob, Cho Kye Joong

Forest ecosystem services are classified as provisioning, regulating, cultural, and supporting, and these are divided into 31 forest functions. These services and functions are also important in the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). The purpose of this study is to identify any similarities and differences held by forestry and non-forestry students from South Korea and Malaysia to reveal the influence of education and country of residence background in rating the importance of forest functions and values especially aesthetic values in terms of SFM. Internet web-based questionnaires regarding the importance of the 4 forest services and 31 functions and priorities for 6 major forest values were distributed to forestry and non-forestry university students in both countries. Results showed a difference in perception of forest functions and values between Korean and Malaysian university students regardless of their university major, showing that country of residence affected people’s awareness of forest functions and values.

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