In the last peat forest in South Sumatra, the Muara Merang Villagers are racing with plantation forest concessions to obtain lands to manage. On January 2010, the community won their fight, and they received 7,000 hectares of forest area to manage through the “Village Forest” scheme.

“The plantation forests that we see now have been clear cut. If we understand clearly, village forest has greater potential to save and we will guard this protected forest the best that we can” said Suyuti, villager from Muara Merang.

This film explains the importance of the community to manage their forest, especially in production forests that are more vulnerable to be taken over by large-scale companies.

a film by Telapak/WBH/Gekko Studio
Supported by Siemenpuu Foundation

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