first_imgArticle published by mongabayauthor President Joko Widodo’s administration announced some new initiatives at this week’s indigenous peoples congress in Sumatra, but not the task force on their rights participants had been hoping for.The president’s chief of staff said it was more efficient for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to address the matter directly.Attention now turns to who will be selected to lead the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago for the next five years. A decision will be made on Sunday. TANJUNG GUSTA, Indonesia — Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki was the object of a forceful gesture yesterday when a Papuan man approached the stage on which he was sitting during a rare indigenous peoples congress now underway in this Sumatran village.“Here are eight arrows — in eight months, a law on our rights should be passed,” Alex Sanggenafa declared in front of Masduki. “Let us make a covenant!”Masduki took the arrows. They were meant for his boss, Joko Widodo. “Send them as a greeting to Mr. President,” Sanggenafa told him.Alex Sanggenafa, left, approaches Teten Masduki during a dialogue session at the fifth congress of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago. Sandra Moniaga of the National Commission on Human Rights looks on. Photo courtesy of AMANThe exchange alluded to the hope Indonesia’s indigenous have placed in Jokowi, as he is popularly known, and to their growing impatience as they wait for him to follow through on his campaign pledges.This week the relationship was further strained when Jokowi canceled his appearance at the congress, held once every five years by the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN). He had been expected to deliver a major policy pronouncement: the creation, perhaps, of a promised task force to coordinate the administration’s work on indigenous rights.“I don’t know if you have it, madame,” AMAN secretary general Abdon Nababan said in his opening speech at yesterday’s event. He was addressing Jokowi’s stand-in, forestry minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar.She didn’t. While the minister did outline a handful of new initiatives, such as funding for AMAN’s lawyers wing to train 50 paralegals, they were small change relative to what Jokowi said he would do when he ran for office in 2014, earning him AMAN’s first-ever endorsement of a candidate for the job. His platform included pledges to fight for a law on indigenous rights, create a national mechanism for resolving land conflicts, end the criminalization of indigenous persons and more.It was the second time since 2015 that Bakar found herself in the uncomfortable position of having to tell indigenous leaders the task force was not forthcoming.Abdon Nababan, left, sits beside forestry minister Siti Nurbaya, center, at the 2015 Nusantara Festival, at which the administration had also been expected to announce the formation of task force there on indigenous rights. The annual cultural event was held in Bali. Photo by Cory Rogers for MongabayLast December, Jokowi recognized the rights of nine communities to the forests they call home, an area amounting to around 13,000 hectares. But AMAN has mapped more than 8 million hectares — and has its eyes on millions more — it says belongs to the nation’s indigenous groups. That’s an area the size of South Carolina.“It’s not enough,” Nababan said in his speech. He added in a statement that AMAN would continue to work with the government.On the sidelines of the congress, Masduki defended the administration, emphasizing the downsides of a task force and suggesting it was better for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to address the matter directly.“The president has committed to distribute 12.7 million hectares of land under the social forestry program — that’s more concrete,” he said.“If we form a task force, it will take a long time to do anything,” he added.Masduki explained that Jokowi wanted to attend the congress but had a prior engagement in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo island. To make up for it, he said, AMAN’s leaders were invited to meet with Jokowi in Jakarta next week.Attention at the congress now turns to the selection of a new leadership for AMAN, with Nababan insisting he will step down after 10 years as the organization’s secretary general. Deputies Rukka Sombolinggi, Mina Setra and Arifin “Monang” Saleh are among the names put forth for the position. A decision will be made on Sunday.Banner image: A Dani man in Indonesia’s Papua, one of the most linguistically diverse regions in the world. Photo by Rhett Butler for Mongabay Activism, Community Forestry, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics, Forestry, Forests, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Indigenous Rights, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Tropical Forests center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img