Jakarta, CNN Indonesia — This small place in Muara Siau District, Merangin Regency, Jambi is the Durian Rambun Village. It is not easy to access the far reaches the remote hamlet — it takes at least 10 hours from downtown Jambi. We even had to stay one night in downtown Bangko before reaching Durian Rambun Village. The road to get there is steep, winding, and rocky.
Unlike the five hamlets in the Bujang Raba Protected Area, the residents of Durian Rambun Village have lived in the shadow of the destruction of their land for years. Their forests are controlled by multinational companies holding forest tenure rights permits or HPHs.
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