Previously, it was reported that only 68% of land claimed by the forestry department had been formally gazetted and delineated as required by law (see Fay and Sirait cited in Forests People and Rights).
The question of legality is one that must be addressed if international agreements on clamping down on the logging trade are to be properly enforced, since what is illegal to indigenous communities may be perfectly legal to timber concessionaires. DFID, the UK government aid agency that helped draft the UK - Indonesia MoU on illegal logging signed in April last year, has recognised the need for a workable definition of illegal logging, and agreed last year to fund a round of consultations on the question. However, these have not yet been held. (See also DTE 53/54)
(Source: The Application of FSC Principles 2 & 3 in Indonesia: Obstacles and Possibilities, a Discussion Document, by Marcus Colchester, Martua Sirait and Boedhi Wijardjo with contributions by Silvester Tomas Daliman and Herbet Pane, January 2003.)
Note: We hope to include a full report on this dialogue and its important findings and recommendations on indigenous peoples' rights in the next issue of DTE.