Sumatran community takes charge to protect its forest, attracts REDD+ attention

29 January 2015

Television inspired Syafrizal to act. As he watched report after report of land conflicts exploding in Sumatra and Kalimantan, he realized nobody was safe, and his village might be next.

"We were managing communal land, but according [to] the government it was protected forest," Syafrizal recalls, "I knew that what was happening elsewhere could happen to us."

He immediately began encouraging his neighbors to enter into proactive discussions with nearby villages. His goal: to establish a formal system of governance and regulation that would protect the community's right to access the land upon which they all depended.

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