AMAN demands accelerated indigenous forest awareness

Jakarta (ANTARA)-The Archipelago Indigenous Peoples Alliance (AMAN) calls for promoting awareness of indigenous or customary forests, including dealing with bureaucratic obstacles to the process.

“Now the government needs to speed up (the approval process). Bureaucratic obstacles and administrative barriers should be removed immediately,” AMAN Secretary-General Rukka Sombolinggi said at a press conference at the 6th Indigenous Peoples Conference. Said in. Archipelago (KMAN), here Thursday.

She pointed out that legal uncertainty and lack of awareness of indigenous peoples’ rights to forested areas could actually hinder the implementation of government development programs.

“Indigenous forest approval is a bonus (for development programs), and (and) most importantly, full approval of indigenous peoples’ existence and their customary rights,” she said.

“We also want to get involved and contribute to the development,” she added.

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As of December 13, 2021, the status awareness or establishment of customary / indigenous forests has reached 69,147 hectares out of a total of 1,090,755 hectares of designated customary forest areas, according to data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Meanwhile, a specialist at Theo Litaay at the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) said the government is accelerating the implementation of social forestry programs, including customary forest conditioning.

He reported that the KSP is monitoring discussions on a draft presidential rule on an integration plan to accelerate social forestry management.

“One of the important things is that (regulatory) recruitment by local governments in some states is already feasible, but some are still underway,” he said.

AMAN is an independent civil society that brings together members from indigenous communities around the archipelago, based on the information provided on its website.

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