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Jakarta Post

Govt grants people’s rights in nine forests

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 30 2016   /  12:29 am

After being denied for decades, indigenous peoples’ fight to have rights to manage their own land finally gained momentum as the government granted rights to nine indigenous communities.

The nine customary forests are Amatoa Kajang (313.99 hectares) in South Sulawesi, Wana Posangke (6,291 ha) in Central Sulawesi, Kasepuhan Karang (485.386 ha) in Banten, Rantau Kermas (130 ha) in Jambi, Bukit Sembahyang and Padun Gelanggang (39.04 ha) in Jambi, Bukit Tinggai (41.27 ha) in Jambi, Tigo Luhah Permenti (152 ha) in Jambi and Tigo Luhah Kementan (426 ha) in Jambi.

“In total, there are 13,051 ha of forests with 5,962 family units,” the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s social forestry director-general, Hadi Daryanto, told The Jakarta Post.

He added that the ministry had signed the decrees on the nine customary forests, which granted land rights to the indigenous pe...