Forest recognition for Papua tribe raises hopes for climate

By Peter Yeung
June 8, 2023

Indigenous peoples are increasingly recognised as the most effective custodians of the world’s remaining forests.

East Bintuni Regency, Indonesia – Striding barefoot through the emerald green jungle with a long wooden bow slung over his shoulder, Josep Ogoney points up at the tropical vegetation surrounding him and his remote riverside village.

This is my pasar,” said the 37-year-old, using the Indonesian word for a market. “I can take animals to eat, plants for medicine and wood to build my home.”

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