A new film by the community rights support NGO, HuMA, explains the Constitutional Court’s ruling recognising that customary forests are not within State forests. While the historic ruling has opened a way towards justice for indigenous peoples to reclaim as much as 40 million hectares of their forests, the ruling still leaves it to the Government to first clarify who are indigenous peoples and where their territories actually are before the Forestry Ministry is obliged to reclassify their claimed areas as outside of State Forests. As such the ruling still falls far short of the standards of international law and much remains to be done in Indonesia both in the forests and in the legislatures to turn this ruling into practical effect. The status of the forestry and plantation concessions issued by the Government which overlap tens of millions of hectares of customary forest remains unclear.
– Forest People’s Programme (2 October, 2013).