JOAS to map out Orang Asal traditional lands and territories

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Source: The Star Online

JOAS community mapping trainees downloading and collating the data into maps, with lead-trainer Nousi Giun from Sabah, guiding. /JOAS

JOAS community mapping trainees downloading and collating the data into maps, with lead-trainer Nousi Giun from Sabah, guiding. /JOAS

PETALING JAYA: Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) has announced plans to map out and consolidate Orang Asal territories in conjunction with a global campaign on indigenous and community land rights.

The worldwide campaign by #LandRightsNow was signed on by over 300 organisations which aim to double the global area of land legally recognised as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples (Orang Asal) and local communities by 2020.

“Land rights for Orang Asal, is not just an issue of livelihoods, our traditional land is the source of our identity and culture,” said JOAS secretary-general Jannie Lasimbang in a statement on Wednesday.

“Rather than sitting back and waiting, JOAS has been training community mappers to map out our traditional territories which will later be consolidated into a national database,” she added.

She said that communal areas including watersheds, hunting grounds, burial areas and forests all found within traditional territories (wilayah adat) are being contested in courts as outside of our traditional territories.

“In an effort to secure our land rights, we have trained community mappers who will go to Orang Asal villages and work with communities to map out the land they’ve used for generations,” she said.

According to #LandRightsNow, in the last decade alone foreign investments have led to the acquisition of more than 81 million acres of land worldwide – an area the size of Portugal, with consequences for many rural and forest dwellers across the world.

To find out more about the campaign, log on to www.landrightsnow.org

 


 

NGO to map out and consolidate Orang Asal territories
Source: FMT News

Local NGO for Orang Asal rights called Joas, will be mapping out Orang Asal territories in conjunction with the #LandRightsNow campaign.

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KOTA KINABALU: Non-governmental organisation (NGO) for Orang Asal rights, Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (Joas), says it will be mapping out and consolidating Orang Asal territories in conjunction with the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights by the #LandRightsNow campaign.

The NGO had been training community mappers to map out Orang Asal traditional territories which would later be consolidated into a national database, said Joas secretary-general Jannie Lasimbang today.

“Land rights for Orang Asal is not just an issue of livelihood. Our traditional land is the source of our identity and culture,” she said.

The worldwide #LandRightsNow campaign, signed by over 300 organisations, aims to double the global area of land legally recognised as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and local communities by 2020.

Jannie noted that the current trend saw Orang Asal communal areas contested in courts as being outside of their traditional territories, or wilayah adat.

These communal areas include watersheds, hunting grounds, burial areas and forest areas.

“In an effort to secure our land rights, we have trained community mappers who will go to Orang Asal villages and work with the communities to map out the land they’ve used for generations,” she explained.

The #LandRightsNow campaign stresses on securing and protecting the ownership of indigenous and community land and resource rights.

“Securing indigenous and community land and resource rights is key in the face of global challenges, such as eradicating hunger and poverty, promoting gender equality and ensuring environmental protection,” said Joas president Yusri Ahon.

Campaign participants include the KAIT Indigenous Research Group, National Human Rights Society (Hakam), Partners of Community Organisations (Pacos), Sarawak Dayak Iban Association, and at least 600 other organisations worldwide.