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‘Catatan dari Tepi Hutan’: Communities honor local wisdom to manage forests

A. Kurniawan Ulung

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, February 16, 2020  /  11:53 am
‘Catatan dari Tepi Hutan’: Communities honor local wisdom to manage forests

Author Bambang Supriyanto poses with his book, "Catatan dari Tepi Hutan" (Notes From the Forest’s Edge) during its launch in Jakarta (A.Kurniawan Ulung/-)

For people in Ammatoa Kajang village in South Sulawesi, the forest is a stairway that connects Earth and the sky through which departed spirits go back and forth. They, therefore, will drive anyone who damages the forest out of the village, along with his or her family members — the highest form of punishment imposed. They are not allowed to return to the village.    “For indigenous people in Kajang, the forest is like the self. If we damage it, we damage ourselves. The [responsibility] to take care and protect the forest is preserved from generation to generation there,” said Bambang Supriyanto, the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s director general of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership.  He recalled he was asked to walk barefoot during his visit to the village. He was told that the Earth was like a mother and that humans...