Indonesian government accepts Ancestral Domain maps
Wednesday 14, the Indonesian Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) announced, that it, together with the Network for Participatory Mapping (JKPP), have officially handed over 265 ancestral domain maps of ancestral domains, covering 2,402,222 hectares, registered in the Ancestral Domain Registration Agency (BRWA) to the Indonesia's Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) and the Presidential Delivery Unit for Supervision and Control of Development (UKP4).
According to the Secretary-General of AMAN, Abdon Nababan, the handover aims at representation of indigenous peoples as well as their rights to lands, territories and natural resources in the Republic of Indonesia. “Making Indigenous Peoples visible within the State will help the government in managing a “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (Unity in Diversity), peaceful and equitable State based on the conditions and characteristics of indigenous peoples from across the Archipelago” said National Coordinator of JKPP Mr. Kasmita Widodo. Indonesia’s Constitution recognizes indigenous peoples but Indonesia lacks an administrative law acknowledging the existence of indigenous peoples and their collective rights. Thus, this handover is part of welcoming the legalization of the ‘Recognition and Protection the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Bill’ (PPHMA) currently discussed by the House of Representatives. Once legalized, the Act will provide recognition, protection, and service to indigenous peoples of the archipelago as citizens of Indonesia.