Strengthening forest-dependent communities through climate resilience and customary forest rights


Orangutang Fonden/Save the Orangutan





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Beviliget beløb:

2.612.804,00 kr.

Indsatsen vedrører følgende verdensmål:

  • Mål 1: Afskaf fattigdom
  • Mål 2: Stop sult
  • Mål 10: Mindre ulighed
  • Mål 13: Klimaindsats
  • Mål 15: Livet på land
  • Mål 16: Fred, retfærdighed og stærke institutioner
  • Mål 17: Partnerskaber for handling

Indsatsen foregår i følgende lande:

  • Indonesia

Lokale partnere:

  • Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

Overordnede mål :

The first examples of Customary forest rights have been achieved in Central Kalimantan province and the target communities have been empowered through organization around adaptive and resilient livelihood strategies and climate mitigation efforts

Umiddelbare mål :

Immediate objective 1: By the 1st of January 2022, communities are organized and have built up resilience to land degradation and climate change impacts through the planning of adaptive livelihood strategies and climate mitigation efforts. Immediate objective 2: By the 1st of January 2022, the communities are taking concrete measures to restore carbon-rich peatlands and manage fire risk for climate change mitigation and resilience. Immediate objective 3: By the 1st of January 2023, Ministry of Environment and Forestry at national level has officially recognised and granted rights to the first Customary Forests in Central Kalimantan.

Målgrupper :

The primary target group includes the five communities Timpah, Aruk, Petak Puti, Batilap and Sungai Jaya, totalling 7.487 people. Three communities are located in the districts of Kapuas and South Barito, in the sub-districts of Timpah: Timpah, Aruk, Petak Puti – and two communities in Dusun Hilir sub-district: Batilap and Sungai Jaya. The Dayak communities are strongly dependent on their culture that involves, among others, practice of their traditions and customs, as well as protection and worship of the forest and natural resources. The secondary target group involves the communities in the area surrounding the five target communities, as well as indigenous people of Central Kalimantan that could all benefit from the customary forest rights process. The secondary target group also involves a broad range of duty-bearers at district level including the task force to be established and the House of Representatives, the provincial governor and the national Ministry of Forestry and Peat Land Restoration Agency, as well as other actors such as the IPO AMAN that are involved in the networking and advocacy for indigenous people’s rights, University of Copenhagen that contribute to the project with their experiences from working with an innovative app design for community monitoring, and many others that will be involved in knowledge exchange seminars and workshops in Denmark and Indonesia. Lastly, the secondary target group also involve all those that are now affected directly by the local climate changes and will experience an increase in their livelihoods through reduced risks of smoke and health issues, burned down materials and resources etc.


The project aims to empower Indigenous Dayak communities in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, through a strengthened organisation for adaptive livelihood planning and resilience-building, restoration of carbon rich peatlands for climate change mitigation and improved welfare, and the achievement of the first cases of customary forest rights in the province. The adaptive livelihood planning for resilience will be carried out through a participatory process where the communities identify their livelihood needs, climate change impacts and prepare strategic plans. The restoration will be carried out through community organisation and engagement in blocking of drainage canals, reforestation, fire management and protection of resources. The customary forest rights process entails strong advocacy to follow-up on a community proposal for entitlements, and requires a district level task force to established in order to determine verification criteria. Subsequently,the customary forest proposal will have to be verified and approved at different government levels, including district, provincial and national level in order to get entitlements.