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Jakarta Post

Letter: REDD+ and local rights

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, August 4 2011   /  07:00 am

At the conclusion of the International Conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise: Experiences and Opportunities for Asia in a Changing Context, in Lombok earlier this month, the Indonesian government agreed to work closely with civil society and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) to develop and implement a new national strategy to recognize the land rights of the communities who live in and around the archipelago’s estimated 130 million hectares of remaining forest.

The declaration coming out of the conference — a historic joint statement between government and CSOs in the region — proposes urgent steps by governments, international organizations and private companies to recognize the rights of the world’s forest dwellers and highlights the fundamental role of local control in alleviating poverty, expanding legal, sustainable forestry, and reducing emissions from defore...