Indonesia’s Indigenous Communities Use Ecotourism To Secure the Rights to their Land

(Photo: Sunset at Sawai village on the island of Seram. Credit: GreenIndonesia/Rifky)
Sunset at Sawai village on the island of Seram. Credit: GreenIndonesia/Rifky

From Chandra Kirana in Bogor, Indonesia.

Six Indigenous communities have launched an ecotourism initiative that would show off their ancestral forests in a bid to develop alternate economic models that local government in Indonesia could embrace, moving away from extractive industries such as mining and palm oil plantations. The initiative, called GreenIndonesia, would ultimately help the communities secure the rights to their own lands, an elusive goal that they have long pursued.

The Guguk Indigenous Forest on the island of Sumatra. Credit: GreenIndonesia/Faizal Abdul Aziz

Indonesia has the third largest area of rainforest in the world, and the Indigenous Peoples and local communities who live in and depend on these forests play an important role in conserving them. With global climate change challenges looming—deforestation is the leading source of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions—the fourth most populous country in the world is searching for a green economic pathway to lift people out of poverty.

Mollo community weavers on the island of Timor Credit GreenIndonesia-Wahyu Mulyono
Mollo community weavers on the island of Timor. Credit: GreenIndonesia/Wahyu Mulyono

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