Indigenous and community rights in Indonesia
Indonesia’s rainforests offer shelter, livelihoods and cultural identity to around 40 million Indonesians, while millions of others have indirect benefits from them. The economic value of the benefits from intact forests to these people is unquantifiable, but likely to total billions of dollars in food, jobs and other cultural benefits. APP and APRIL has a long history of conflicts with indigenous people and local communities. Communities that rely on cultivating rubber, sago, and other crops within the forest landscape have been at issue with pulp plantations destroying their gardens and their forests.
These conflicts need to be addressed in a transparent and participatory way, in order to establish confidence that APP and APRIL are ready to respect local community rights, including Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). Indonesian civil society is demanding that the paper industry establish conflict resolution units with the necessary authority and training to mobilize resources and resolve conflicts with action plans and timeframes agreed with communities and their chosen advisors.