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Jakarta Post

The role of villages in forest conservation programs

  • Edi Purwanto and Soren Moestrup

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 4 2016   /  08:49 am

Village Law No. 6/2014 substantially strengthens the position of villages in the government hierarchy. Villages are no longer in a subordinate position under (sub) district government, but self-governing entities, like small states that have clear boundaries of jurisdiction and authority over the community and natural resources.

Villages have rights and responsibilities to manage and administer the needs and interests within their areas of jurisdiction. Therefore, the village has been acknowledged as a unique entity, with social and cultural values and local wisdom embedded in its origins (principle of recognition).

The role of villages in development has changed substantially, as villages should now engage in fulfilling their own needs. The role of supra-village government at the sub-district and district level is now to support and strengthen villages and no longer to rul...