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Jakarta Post

Indigenous people start mapping territory

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 13 2010   /  09:18 am

Indigenous people have begun mapping their customary land across the country in an effort to gain recognition amid conflict with the government and business communities over land ownership.The Alliance of Archipelagic Indigenous People (AMAN) estimated the indigenous people had traditionally occupied about 20 million hectares of land, most natural forest.AMAN, with its 1,163 communities occupying about 7.5 million hectares of land, mapped 2.3 million hectares of customary land.“We will submit the map to the government as a reference for land policies,” secretary-general of AMAN, Abdon Nababan, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The mapping was organized by AMAN, Forest Watch Indonesia and the Network for Participatory Mapping.The coalition set up a customary land registration body that will be in charge of mapping the land
traditionally occupied by indigenous people.Abdon said that ...