Mapping Customary Land in East Kalimantan, Indonesia: A Tool For Forest Management

This project employed a variety of qualitatative and quantitative techniques in order to better understand customary land-use systems in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Researchers used cartographic maps as a tool to get villagers to mark their resource-use land boundaries. A global positioning system and a geographical information system were also employed and the results processed by computers. The researchers are thus able to produce a map of areas of overlap and overlay between village, nature reserve, forest concession and forest land-use maps. It is hoped that this information may help to bring a recognition of customary land and enable villagers and the Forest Department to reach a consensus about its management.

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This article will be of interest to researchers contemplating the fusion of participatory techiques with sophisticated computing techniques of spatial analysis.
World Wildlife Fund
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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