Imagined models versus historical practices : tana ulen and community-based management of natural resources in the interior of Indonesian Borneo

TitleImagined models versus historical practices : tana ulen and community-based management of natural resources in the interior of Indonesian Borneo
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsEghenter C, Persoon G, van Est DME, Sajise PE
Book TitleCo-management of natural resources in Asia : a comparative perspective
Chapterp. 198-214. : krt.
Pagination198-214
PublisherNIAS
CityCopenhagen
Call NumberM 2003 A 4521
KeywordsAnthropology, customary law, Excerpta Indonesica, forestry, indigenous population, INDONESIA, Kalimantan Timur, resources management, STATE
Abstract

The Kayan Mentarang National Park in East Kalimantan is one of the largest protected areas of rain forest in Borneo in Southeast Asia. The author looks the history current practices, and uses of one of the elements of 'tana ulen', a forest tenure and management system by the Dayak-Kenyah who inhabit the area of the national park .Individual claims to land are established by cutting trees or clearing forest. 'Tana ulen' refers to an expanse of primary forest containing natural resources such as rattan, hardwood, fish, and game, which are managed by customary councils ('lembaga adat') according to customary law (adat) on behalf of the entire community. The article explores how recent practices of tana ulen have been reinterpreted in relation to issues of community rights and community-based management of conservation areas.