Learning from Sungai Utik Dayak Iban of Kapuas Hulu
Should the Indonesian government wish to seriously handle the corruption cases, they should learn it from the dayak Iban in Sungai Utik in the regency of Embaloh Hulu of Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan. The Ibans live as if the have no ambition of making excessive profits by conducting corrupted practices. They choose to live simple an in a communal way. The have no ambition of which the “modern people” possess nor to perform corruption practices. They never think of destroying the forest area in where they reside and manage. But one should not take the effort of the Ibans perform in preserving forest areas for granted. At the moment the Ibans reside in the katumenggungan of 7 villages namely Jalai Lintang’, Lauk Rugun,Mungguk,Pulan, Apan(Langgan Baru), Ungak, dan Sungai Tebelian.
The Dayak Iban serious effort in preserving forest areas finally drew the attention of the central government. In Agugst 7, 2008, the son of Dayak Iban Bandi Alnak Ragai, also called Pak Janggut received the Sustainable Forest Management Certification for Kampung Sungai utik community. The certificate was handed over by MS. Kaban, the Forestry Minister.
Since 2004 to 2006 Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia (LEI), Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), and European Union have conducted collaboration work program in Kampung Sungai Utik, Embaloh Hulu Regency, Kapuas Hulu District of West Kalimantan Province. The work program involved 3 community extension organizations in assisting and preparing the Sustainable Forest Management standard implementation of which the traditional community groups are capable of playing the role.
Taufik Alimi, the Executive Director of LEI said that since March 2008, PT. Mutu Agung Lestari (PT.MAL) –acting as LEI accredited quality certification provider — has conducted series of Sustainable Community Based Forest Management assessments. Forest certification (ecolabel) assessment is an appreciation that what the Sungai Utik community has performed in preserving the forest area deserves to be acknowledged by granting them the Sustainable Forest Management Certificate . The successful handing over Sustainable Forest Management Ecolabel Certificate was held in a Rumah Panjang located in ; Jl. Lintas Utara Putussibau-Badau Km. 77,8, Embaloh Hulu Regency, Kapuas Hulu District of Kalimantan Barat Province.
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