Indonesian forests to be returned to indigenous peoples
Indonesian Indigenous woman
Indigenous Indonesians could soon win greater control over their traditional lands, following a court ruling revoking governmental administration of forests customarily used by aboriginal groups.
The country’s constitutional court ruled in May that traditional forests should be controlled directly by rural Indonesians, rather than treated as public forests subject to industrial logging under licenses that are issued by the central government.
The ruling gives significant new land rights to a broad swathe of the Indonesian population, up to forty million of whom are from indigenous communities.
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