“Our life depends on the forest. We want the government to respect the rights of indigenous people,” said Abdul Hamid of Dayak Ngaju tribe.
- Kurniawan Tri Yunanto / Angga Haksoro
- 26 Oktober 2011 – 14:38 WIB
Oil palm plantation in Kalimantan
VHRmedia, Jakarta – One of indigenous tribes in Kalimantan, Dayak Ngaju, call on Indonesian government’s recognition on their rights as the Kalimantan Forest Climate Partnership begins. The project is a joint program with the Australian government.
Abdul Hamid is a resident of Desa Katunjung, a village at Kapuas, Central Kalimantan. He expects no restriction for local people to go inside forest, located in the area surrounding their village. The forest is the only source for the villagers to earn living.
Abdul Hamid explained that the 340,000 hectares of forest, intended to be the REDD area, belongs to the indigenous people. “Our life depends on the forest. We want the government to respect the rights of indigenous people. Otherwise, the REDD project should be annuled,” said Hamid at the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi), Monday (24/10).
The land, now is occupied by 23 oil palm plantation companies, was a peatlands project (PLG) area. “Our tribe has made the land survive,” Hamid explaind.
Dayak Ngaju people asked the REDD project to be delayed, until the Central Kalimantan Administration issued a decree on the rights of indigenous people. (E1)
Photo: VHRmedia/Muhlis Suhaeri