1 September 2014 | Jakarta, Indonesia – In March 2013 the Constitutional Court’s Decision No.35/PIU/2012 revoked the previous designation of customary land as being owned by the state, and returned the rights of ownership to customary communities (MHA, masyarakat hukam adat). This landmark decision marked the beginning of a new era in institutionalising comprehensive and effective participation of MHA in the management of natural assets. A step forward in relation to the recognition and protection of customary communities took place on 1 September in Jakarta with the launch of the “National Programme for the Recognition and Protection of Customary Communities (PPMHA) through REDD+”.
The nine ministries/institutions signatory to the declaration are Coordinating Ministry of Peoples’ Welfare; Ministry of Environment; Ministry Home Affairs; Ministry of Law and Human Rights; Ministry of Forestry; National Defence Agency; Geospatial Information Agency; National Commission on Human Rights; and the REDD+ Agency.
The declaration on the National Programme for PPMHA through REDD+ can be read in full in English and in Bahasa Indonesia.
A press release is available in English and in Bahasa Indonesia.