The Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary is the ancestral home of the Indigenous Bunong people, whose unique culture and beliefs are inseparable from the forest in which they live. The project has partnered with the local Bunong communities in an effort to formally secure land and resource tenure. So far, the project has helped the communities within the project area to secure 7 Indigenous Community Land Titles (ICTs) and 3 Community Protected Areas (CPA), including the first ICT in a protected area and the first issued to a Bunong community. This effort is ultimately expected to provide land titles for nearly 3,000 Indigenous people within the project area*.
*The Forest Plan, statistics provided by The Wildlife Conservation Society