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Working paper explores potential for applying Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system in customary forests

Working paper explores potential for applying Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system in customary forests

A 2013 ruling of the Indonesian Constitutional Court allows customary groups to claim forest ownership. So far, only small areas of customary forest have been recognised but customary claims could exceed two million hectares nationwide.

Robertus Pudyanto, EU FLEGT Facility

Amending the timber legality assurance system in Indonesia (or SVLK) to integrate newly-recognised customary forests would open livelihood opportunities for customary groups. It would also promote sustainable forest management and protect against forest conversion.

The working paper by the EU FLEGT and REDD facilities provides an overview of the different legal pathways to obtain recognition of customary groups and their claims to customary forests. It explores how customary forests could be included in Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system. The paper also outlines some recommendations for the acceleration of the recognition of customary forests in Indonesia.

Download the working paper as PDF.