Warga Buru bentrok gara-gara tambang emas, dua tewas
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Buru (formally spelt Boeroe) is the third largest island
within Maluku Islands of Indonesia. It lies between the Banda
Sea to the south and Seram Sea to the north, west of Ambon and Seram islands. The island belongs to Maluku province (Indonesian: Provinsi Maluku) and includes the Buru (Indonesian: Kabupaten Buru) and South Buru (Indonesian: Kabupaten Buru Selatan) regencies. Their administrative centers, Namlea and Nampole, respectively, have ports and the
largest towns of the island. There is a military airport at Namlea which supports civilian cargo transportation.
Buru forest farmers appeal for their land
Indigenous communities on the island of Buru in the Moluccas are pressing the authorities for the return of forest land taken from them in 1957.
The land in Lilialy, Kajely and Tanalisa is planted with eucalyptus trees which produce a fragrant oil used in
the cosmetic industry. Maluku Tengah district government originally took over the plantation nearly 50 years
ago, with the intention of increasing production of the kayu putih oil, despite strong opposition from the local adat (customary) council. With the creation of new administrative areas, the indigenous people's plantation is now part of the assets of Buru district. The three communities formed an association in late 2004 and have held meetings with and written to the district administration and representatives of the local assembly. As yet, there has been no acknowledgement of their rights and the local authorities continue to exploit the eucalyptus
plantation to generate revenue for the district. (YPPM 25/Sep/05)