‘The fridge in the forest’: Historical trajectories of land tenure regulations fostering landscape transformation in Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia

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​‘The fridge in the forest’: Historical trajectories of land tenure regulations fostering landscape transformation in Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia​
Kunz, Y. ; Steinebach, S. ; Dittrich, C. ; Hauser-Schäublin, B. ; Rosyani, I.; Soetarto, E. & Faust, H. ​ (2017) 
Forest Policy and Economics81 pp. 1​-9​.​ DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2017.04.005 

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Kunz, Yvonne ; Steinebach, Stefanie ; Dittrich, Christoph ; Hauser-Schäublin, Brigitta ; Rosyani, Ir; Soetarto, Endriatmo; Faust, Heiko 
Abstract
ndonesia has attracted increasing global attention in recent years due to concerns over large-scale deforestation. The island of Sumatra in particular is severely a ff ected by the rapid expansion of monoculture cash crops. Since Dutch colonial times, land tenure regulations here have generally favored such resource exploitation. The current National Development Plan continues to see Sumatra as a center of resource production in order to eradicate poverty and accelerate national development. This developmental focus, however, is accompanied by contested land use scenarios. Taking a historical perspective, this research discloses di ff erent layers of past and present land tenure regulations to understand present contestations of land use, resource exploitation, and their social consequences. Based on a village case study, the research demonstrates how di ff erent political eras and their accompanying land tenure approaches are inscribed in today's local landscape. We found that de jure regulations which were added to customary laws created a situation of legal pluralism. Our case study explains how local actors craft institutional arrangements in a process of institutional bricolage to use ‘ their ’ resources.
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2017
Journal
Forest Policy and Economics 
Project
SFB 990: Ökologische und sozioökonomische Funktionen tropischer Tieflandregenwald-Transformationssysteme (Sumatra, Indonesien) 
SFB 990 | C | C02: Soziale Transformationsprozesse und nachhaltige Ressourcennutzung im ländlichen Jambi 
SFB 990 | C | C03: Culture-Specific Human Interaction with Tropical Lowland Rainforests in Transformation in Jambi, Sumatra 
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Fakultät für Geowissenschaften und Geographie ; Geographisches Institut ; Abteilung Humangeographie 
Language
English
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