A promise for indigenous peoples’ land

The Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK), Siti Nurbaya Bakar said that although the Indigenous Peoples Bill was’ far from being burned ‘, the government continued to add and determine the area of indigenous peoples’ land.

“As of July, 34,569 hectares of indigenous peoples’ land had been determined so that the first phase, KLHK had issued an indicative map of 472,000 hectares of indigenous territories,” said Siti Nurbaya, in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Cikini, Central Jakarta, Friday (9/8).

Siti added that the land area of indigenous peoples will increase 101,000 hectares until August 2019 and possibly increase another 15,000 hectares. Thus in the second phase, the area of land or customary forest would be 574,119 hectares.

The Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, said that the establishment of customary forests requires local regulations. Therefore, cooperation between the bureaucracy and the local community is needed.

“In the 1945 Constitution article 18B and the Minister of Home Affairs Regulation no. 52/2014, explained that the forest can be used as adat, if there are regional regulations. So it requires cooperation in accordance with existing regulations, “said Siti when met at the Manggala Wanabakti Building, Monday (5/27).

Siti said, many developments in society must be followed by the bureaucracy. On the other hand, currently the KLHK has launched a Map of Indigenous Forests and Indigenous Forest Areas and is expected to be able to solve many things.

“There is a tremendous development in society that must be followed by the bureaucracy. What we do today is a form of completion of many things. I think we can see that social forestry in general, including customary forests, has helped reduce conflict, “he said.

To synchronize with the one map policy, Siti said that it was related to the map and data guardians. He said to talk about customary forests, it was indeed under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry but related to indigenous peoples, outside the authority of KLHK.




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