Way of seeing 'forest' | In #southeastasia
, the idea of categorising some lands as “forest” emerged in the 19th century. Many #colonial
governments enacted laws to demarcate state forests and declared specific forest species to be state property. This transformation helped constitute “customary rights” and also the sanctions against those who didn't hold the 'rights' to access #forest
resource. Namely, the state regulated ‘who’ can, or cannot, access to forested lands.
That said, customary rights were not self-determined by the #indigenous
people, but were defined during the course of the colonial administrations in the attempt to justify their control over forest resources.
Come to think of it, can it be the laws (re)shape our way of seeing ‘forest’ and human-nature relationship today?