Abstract—Customary forest and state forest are still a dichotomy contested by indigenous peoples and the state. The forests around Singkarak Lake, West Sumatra are managed in different ways which are related to the capacity of indigenous communities around the forest. The indigenous Minangkabau people of Nagari Malalo Tigo Jurai have local wisdom for the management of customary forests, but the recognition of their customary forest is beginning to be disturbed by the new recognition of this forest as state forest. This study examines the communal efforts carried out by the indigenous peoples in recognizing the customary forest management rights in Nagari Malalo Tigo Jurai customary forest. This study using a qualitative approach with in-depth interview techniques, observation and literature study. This research shows that there have some local wisdom practiced for forest management in the customary forest area for many years. Lately, there is a strong communal movement of the indigenous peoples for recognition of their customary forest areas.
Index Terms—Customary forest, forest management, indigenous people, Minangkabau.
Dasrizal is with Graduate School of Padang State University, Indonesia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
E. Barlian is with Padang State University, Indonesia (e-mail: email@example.com).
A. Rezki and Farida are with Geography Education of STKIP PGRI West Sumatera, Indonesia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
R. Tutri is with Sociology Education of STKIP PGRI West Sumatera, Indonesia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Dasrizal, Eri Barlian, Afrital Rezki, Rio Tutri, and Farida, "The Struggle of Indigenous People: An Overview Recognition of Customary Forest in Minangkabau, Indonesia," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 211-215, 2019.Copyright © 2019 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).