Karang Bajo Indigenous People in Karang Bajo, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara

Learning Points

  • Local wisdom-based forestry management
  • Role of women and young people in participatory mapping processes
  • Role of the customary institution and Indigenous Peoples' governance system

Responsible Organisation

Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN)


Karang Bajo Village, Bayan District, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara

230 Km (± 5 hours 30 minutes by car and fast boat from PadangBai to Bangsal) from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali DPS)

Community Visit Profile

Karang Bajo is a traditionally indigenous community, with a strong cultural identity and customary governance system. The life of the community is ruled by traditional laws and institutions. The management of community forestry is also wisdom-based, anchored in the cultural and spiritual connection between IPs and their ancestral land. The community played an important role in the enactment of the Regent’s Decree regarding the Regional Government of North Lombok which demonstrates a commitment to the recognition and protection of Indigenous Peoples.

In order to get recognition for their community’s rights, villagers engaged in a participatory mapping process to identify the physical as well as cultural features of their territory. The mapping process saw the active participation of women and youth. The mapping process helped demonstrate how vibrant cultural traditions and institutions are in Karang Bajo.