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Jakarta Post

Customary laws protect forest better than govt does: Study

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Depok   /   Sat, March 20 2010   /  09:47 am

Research shows customary laws that were implemented by a number of local communities were far more effective than government policies to preserve forest in efforts to deal with climate change.For local communities, obliging traditional laws means respecting their ancestors.Preliminary research says communities of Baduy in Banten province, Kampung Kuta people in Ciamis, West Java province and Dayak people in Kalimantan are among local communities that issue unwritten laws to preserve environment and protect the forest.“Though such agreement is not written, local communities comply more with traditional laws than governmental law,” Ali Akbar, University of Indonesia Faculty of Humanities researcher told a workshop on climate change Friday.He said that communities implementing taboo regulations do not know about the government regulations about the forest.“The government’s regulatio...