Forest tenure and conflict in Indonesia: contested rights in Rempek Village, Lombok

Riggs, Rebecca Anne, Sayer, Jeffrey, Margules, Chris, Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni, Langston, James Douglas, and Sutanto, Hari (2016) Forest tenure and conflict in Indonesia: contested rights in Rempek Village, Lombok. Land Use Policy, 57. pp. 241-249.

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Land tenure in Indonesia is regulated by a complex combination of traditional, formal and informal arrangements. Legal ambiguity over land and natural resources has resulted in tenure insecurity, impacting livelihoods and perpetuating conflict. We reviewed land and forest laws in Indonesia and their effect on livelihoods and conflict and studied the impact of land tenure uncertainty in Rempek village on the island of Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. In Rempek, conflict over land tenure and forest boundaries has occurred since 1984. We built a timeline of events from discussions with various stakeholders and obtained legal documents to support our analysis. The major driver of conflict is the disagreement over the forest boundaries between the Ministry of Forestry and the National Land Agency. This disagreement has escalated and introduced uncertainty, which negatively affects livelihoods in the area. Conflict resolution in Rempek requires a multi-stakeholder approach and an agreement between the Ministry of Forestry and the National Land Agency over the forest boundary and an explicit classification of land status in the conflict area. Our case study is relevant to recurrent disputes over land tenure in contemporary Indonesia. Agrarian conflict and tenure insecurity have stimulated political and social justice movements throughout the country. Recent reforms of land and forest tenure in Indonesia are opening up new pathways for local forest tenure arrangements in situations such as Rempek. Integrated landscape approaches are emerging in Indonesia and have elements that may contribute to resolving land tenure uncertainty. As land tenure security underpins livelihoods for most Indonesians, land authorities must demonstrate stronger coordination and pay more attention to realities on the ground to achieve political and legal progress on land tenure arrangements.

Item ID: 45959
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-5754
Keywords: land tenure, Indonesia, conflict, forest boundaries, landscape approach
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 07:42
FoR Codes: 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4802 Environmental and resources law > 480203 Environmental law @ 50%
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4806 Private law and civil obligations > 480604 Property law (excl. intellectual property law) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 70%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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