All of Indonesia's
Territory is a Conservation Area
Facing the continuing trend of problems, many indigenous peoples and communities have initiated efforts and institutions to maintain the wisdom of indigenous natural resource management and empowering local adat customary laws. Some of them are: Lembaga Bela Banua Talino (LBBT) and Institute for Dayakology Research and Development (IDRD) in Kalimantan; Yayasan Tanah Merdeka (YTM) and Yayasan Bantuan Hukum Bantaya (YBH Bantaya) in Sulawesi; Yayasan ASLI, Baileo Maluku, Yayasan Learissa Kayeli, and Yayasan Pengembangan Maur Ohoi-wut (YPMO) in Maluku; Yayasan Kerjasama Pendidikan Hukum Masyarakat Irian Jaya (YKPHM), Asosiasi Lembaga Ekonomi Rakyat in Moanemani, Yayasan Bina Adat Walesi in Irian Jaya, and many others. The last several years have also seen NGOs network and consortium on indigenous or community-based natural resource management empowerment, i.e., Konsorsium Pendukung Sistem Hutan Kerakyatan (KP-SHK) or Supporting Consortium for Community-based Forest Management System, and Jaringan Kerja Pemetaan Partisipatif (JKPP) or Network for Participatory Mapping.
It is in this aspect that Telapak Indonesia have been working on, that is to confront some of the barriers facing by those organizations, that is to specifically work in facilitating information and data exchanging and enhancing information base and access to information for institutions and communities working on indigenous rights on natural resource, in order to enable them to work synergistically and effectively towards sustainable and equitable forest management system. A small part of the project will be dedicated to a preliminary assessment on problems and threats facing the indigenous natural resource management in Memberamo Basin, Irian Jaya, in order to gather information bases and build contacts with the community.
Telapak aims to facilitate information exchanging within institutions and communities and provide technical and managerial support for the indigenous people movement in Indonesia in working for strengthening indigenous natural resource management system. A special activity in the project will conduct a preliminary assessment on threats and opportunity facing the indigenous people in Memberamo Basin, Irian Jaya; an activity that will provide base information and build contacts from and within the community.
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