During the Forest Tenure conference in Lombok, the Indonesian government announced new commitment to community rights, RRI reports.
During his keynote speech given at the Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise Conference in Lombok, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of the Indonesian President’s Special Delivery Unit, announced the government’s intention to prioritize the needs of its forest communities and to ―recognize, respect and protect Adat rights,‖ implementing legislation that has been on the books for ten years, but rarely implemented. This is announced in a press release sent out from Andy White in RRI, the Rights and Resource Initiative
In the forest tenure conference high-level government leaders commit to implement traditional rights lost since colonial era
"This represents a tipping point in Indonesia's policies toward the rights of the people who live in and around the nation's forests," said Pak Iman Santoso, coordinator of a group of experts from government, academia and civil society that has worked to resolve the nation's forest tenure issues for the last ten years. "Because Pak Kuntoro represents the President, this means that all government agencies will have to align their policies with the directives communicated today."
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