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Changing 'Indigenous Environmental Law' in the Central Moluccas: Communal Regulation and Privatization of Sasi

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: von Benda-Beckmann, Franz; von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet; Brouwer, Arie
Conference: International Conference Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Conf. Date: August
Date: 1992
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8283
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): indigenous institutions
common law
Abstract: "In this paper we want to examine the contemporary forms and functions of sasi and speculate on its potential role in environmental protection in the Central Moluccas in the future. In doing so, we shall look at the problems likely to be encountered by those who want to revitalize it or expand its present scope, whether as local initiative of villagers or as an attempt to incorporate it into a governmentally controlled environmental policy. It is our conviction that such planning can only fruitfully depart from an understanding of the contemporary realities of sasi. Besides, we also need an understanding of the actual and potential environmental dangers in the region in order to assess the problems to which sasi might be a solution."

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