Enlisting Local Wisdom
Communities living around the Sesaot Forest, West Nusa Tenggara, are using customary law in managing the forest. Not everyone in the community is in support.
AS chief of the Forest Conservation Community Group (KMPH), Rahman has had to deal with more than just a busy schedule. The 44-year-old has also had to endure some unpleasantness both from people within the conservation group as well as others. "There was a time when one group member refused to greet me for months," he said.
Upon further investigation, it turned out that the person in question had been sanctioned for violating the awiq-awiq, or cu...