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Jakarta Post

Mapping home and hoping for recognition

  • Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, July 17 2010   /  11:03 am

What is in a map? Borders, territory and more than that, recognition, especially for the Dayak communities whose lives depend on the natural forests, which the government sees as a potential revenue stream.Residents of Benua Tengah kampung in Kapuas Hulu are keen to map their own territory. Having occupied the land for generations, the Dayak Taman Embaloh tribe does not possess any documents supporting their ownership claims to their land, where their long house, paddy fields and reserve forests sit.The need is more notable, especially, as the state often ignores the inhabitants when it issues licenses to companies or declares the area a protected forest.Conflicts between indigenous communities and the state are frequent in the forested parts of the nation, the secretary-general of Alliance of Archipelagic Indigenous People (AMAN), Abdon Nababan, said.Several documents published by NGOs ...