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Four indigenous groups demand custody of home forests

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 6 2016   /  08:33 am

Four indigenous communities from Jambi, South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and Banten are demanding that the government fulfill its pledge to grant custody of customary forests to their communities, arguing that they have met all the requirements and, most importantly, have always played a role in protecting the forests.

More than a year ago, four indigenous communities — Wana Posangke from Central Sulawesi, Marga Serampas from Jambi, Ammatoa Kajang from South Sulawesi and Kasepuhan Karang from Banten — applied to have their lands recognized at the Environment and Forestry Ministry.

The groups, who have lived in the forests for generations, have prepared all the necessary documents, such as customary forest maps, and have also obtained recognition of their customary rights from local administrations through bylaws issued between 2012 and 2016, which are among the require...