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.

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