Only around 20 communities in Indonesia have received customary forest rights, covering fewer than 20,000 hectares of land. Indigenous Peoples and communities spend upwards of 15 years trying to formalize their land rights, most never make it through the complex legal process.
This infographic allows you to navigate the process for a community seeking formal land rights in Indonesia, versus for a company securing an oil palm concession. Communities can spend decades navigating government-ordered procedures, while Wealthy corporations can secure rights to the same land in 30 days to five years.
When you overcome all the roadblocks and receive your customary forest rights, it takes 4 to 15 years of total time. Growing demand for natural resources is pushing companies onto Indigenous Peoples and rural communities land. These communities have at least half the world’s land but legally own only a small portion, are losing their homes to palm oil plantations, loggers and more.
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