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Forbidden Forest of the Dayak People
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The head of the Setulang Forest Management Agency introduces us to the forbidden forest of the Oma'lung tribe of Borneo. He discusses the ancient laws that protect it, and the vital role his tribe is playing in the fight against climate change.
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Borneo
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Setulang community
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KOLE ADJANG [Head, Setulang Forest Management Agency]
If the people of Setulang Village want to have fun, they have a party and dance. Young and old people have fun together. Our tribe name is Oma'lung and we are part of the Dayak Keyah tribe. Setulang is a small village with about 900 people.
KOLE ADJANG
My name is Kole Adjang. I live in Setulang. I work as the Head of the Setulang Forest Management Agency. Today, we are going to Tana Olen by boat up the Setulang River. Setulang village's rice paddy fields are on the way. Every village family is allocated 10 land plots. Each year, the family uses only one of them. The second year, we clear the second land plot, cutting and using fire which nurtures the soil. After a cycle of 10 years, we come back to the first plot. It is strictly forbidden to burn a new area in the forest for a paddy field.
KOLE ADJANG
Villager people understand the agreement of their great-grandparents. There is a designated area for rice paddy fields, an area specific for gathering housing and construction wood, and an area that's Tana Olen (forbidden forest) where it is forbidden to damage or log trees. Our neighboring villages have no trees and the land is not healthy. Many timber companies have logged their land. But in our Tana Olen, the old growth trees are still there. Maybe a tourist would like to come and see the reality.
KOLE ADJANG
We got all these fish with one throw of the net! Of course, we have to make some facilities to make it easier for people who want to visit. Villagers will understand the eco-tourists coming will help them earn money. So, then naturally they will keep protecting the forest. We don't know exactly what will happen in the future. Will the next generation keep our agreement, or will they damage, open new land, or log? Perhaps serve their self-interest? We hope that, by example, our great-grandchildren will also take care of our land and Tana Olen.
KOLE ADJANG
All of the trees in Tana Olen keep the water clean, and this makes us happy when we swim. Sometimes, we check that the trees in our Tana Olen have not been illegally logged. This is rattan. It's good for making bags. This leaf is useful for many things: a shelter, hats, a multipurpose cover. Setulang people love hunting. We use hunting platforms like this one up in the tree. We shoot the boar and then take it down the river to the village. This is one reason why we will always keep this forest. Scientists inform us forests filter carbon from out of the air. They told us a carbon trader would give us a fee for every tree that we do not cut. That's what the people told us. Is it true? I am still wondering.
KOLE ADJANG
One tree has a large drum of water. If you cut the trees, the Setulang River will decrease and eventually stagnate. We have big trees like this, and even larger ones, that we protect. Anyone who cuts down the trees in Tana Olen will be punished. This is written policy and the traditional law of Setulang Village. In my opinion, global warming will be getting hotter and hotter and hotter. If there are no forests on Earth, maybe it will get hotter. So our local plan is going the right way, because conserving the forest is what the earth needs.
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