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Jakarta Post

Orang Rimba’s existence at stake

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 27 2012   /  09:53 am

The past decade has been a difficult time for the Orang Rimba tribespeople, who live within the Bukit Duabelas National Park (TNBD) in Jambi, due to the rapid pace of forest encroachment, despite the fact that the forest is home to the Orang Rimba.

Based on data at the TNBD Center, of the park’s total area of 60,500 hectares, only 30 percent remains intact, while the other 70 percent has been damaged. “This is because the TNBD was a former forest concession area [HPH],” the park’s head, Halasan Tulus, said on Saturday.

The 30 percent that is intact is a biosphere conservation that was expanded in 2001 to include the surrounding former HPH areas into the national park.

With the inclusion of the biosphere area, the government has designated the area as a dwelling place for the Orang Rimba. The area, which encompasses Batanghari, Tebo and Sarolangun regencies, ...