Forest Guardians: Examples of communities protecting and managing forests
[Bahasa Indonesia / Indonesian]
Local and indigenous communities play an important role managing and protecting forests. Research published in 2014 by World Resources Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative concluded that community-managed forests experienced an average deforestation rate that is 11 times lower than land outside their borders. Legally recognized, community-managed forest amounts to 513 million hectares or an eighth of the world’s forests, and there are many more community-managed forests that have yet to receive legal recognition, but should be provided that recognition by the government.
To showcase some examples of community-managed forests, Mongabay's Indonesia team is developing a series of case studies in Indonesia. Each of these will be posted on the map below.