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Indonesia Demo Area
Learning from the Ground: Experience with Ngata Toro Community Print

By Jo Ann L. Guillao, Research Desk, Tebtebba

The community visit to Central Sulawesi, Indonesia was organized by Tebtebba and AMAN (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara/Indigenous Peopels Alliance of the Archipelago) to bring indigenous experts/researchers from Africa, Latin America and Asia to look more closely into the experience of the Ngata Toro community in Central Sulawesi in terms of their customary practices and governance as they interact with their ecosystem. The case of Ngata Toro community in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia is an evidence of self-sustaining life that permeates a collective well-being based on practical indigenous system and governance.

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Community Visit Print

The community visit to the project demonstration area in Indonesia by the Tebtebba’s Climate Team was undertaken last November 21-28, 2009. The team was able to visit only one of the demo areas, which is the village of Tanjung.

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Demonstration Project – The Dahas: An Integrated Resource Management System of the Dayaks Print

It is a fact that most of Indonesia’s remaining forests lie in areas managed by indigenous peoples using their traditional knowledge and customary laws. This has proven that the indigenous peoples’ forest management system is able to conserve forest ecosystems. In other words, they can maintain the existing carbon stocks and at the same time reduce carbon emission from forests without expecting any ‘incentive’, as forests are part of their lives.[1]

In partnership with Institut Dayakologi (ID), the villages of Tanjung and Pendaun in West Kalimantan were identified as the demonstration sites of the project. Together with the local chapter of AMAN, they conducted the case study on the dahas. The concept of dahas refers to the indigenous integrated natural resources system management which is family or clan-based. The concept of managing the preserved and sustained forest can be seen from the practices of using the forest as their economic resources and the use of their traditional forest based on its land use. Local researchers were trained in the process. Likewise, resource mapping and awareness activities especially on the importance of the forest and traditional resource management practices were underscored.

Partners' Profile: Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara or Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago, commonly referred to as AMAN is an independent social organization composed of indigenous peoples communities from all over the country. It was established in 1999 with 54 member organizations but has now increased its membership to 1,163 communities, 16 regional chapters and 26 local chapters all over Indonesia. Its main programmes are as follow: (1) Indigenous Organization, Networking and Customary Institutions Development; (2) Indigenous Rights Advocacy and Legal Defense; (3) Strengthening Customary-based Economic System; (4) Strengthening Indigenous Women; and (5) Education for Indigenous Youth. (Contacts: Jl B. No. 4 RT. 006, Kompleks Rawa, Bambu 1 Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan,Tel: +62 21 7802771; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Website: http://www.aman.or.id)

Institute Dayakologi (ID), which is an organization involved with the revitalization and restitution of Dayak cultural heritage. It does documentation and promotion of Dayak culture in East and West Kalimantan and works on specific issues such as the rainforests and environment. It was established in 1981 under the name Yayasan Karya Sosial Pancur Kasih. Tebtebba has worked with ID since 2000 on joint research projects. (Contacts: Komp. Bumi Indah Khatulistiwa Jl. Budi Utomo Blok B No. 4 Pontianak 78241, Indonesia; Tel: +561 884567; Fax. +0561 883135; Website: http://www.dayakology.com/; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )



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