Author(s): Agus Surono
The village Law No. 6 of 2014 concerning Villages emphasizes the principle of recognizing subsidiarity and recognition for villages based on the principles of diversity. The Village Law provides recognition and respect for the village, provides legal clarity and certainty regarding village status in the Indonesian state administration system. The authority granted in this Law provides a basis for villages to regulate and manage, and have rights to natural resources, including forestry at the village scale. Although normatively the village has the right to manage natural resources, in reality there is still a great effort for village stakeholders to be able to independently and comprehensively obtain the right to manage forestry natural resources. Legal protection for villages in natural resource management is an important factor because there are overlapping laws and village regulations with laws in the natural resources sector. This paper attempts to analyze the laws and regulations related to the village authority to manage natural forestry natural resources. Analysis of village rights is also compared with the regulations on forestry. The results of the study show that there are overlapping legal regulations in the forestry sector with laws and regulations in villages in the management of forestry natural resources. Accordingly, suggestions that can be raised by considering the conclusions are related to the three focus studies which are grouped into three problem identification as outlined in the conclusions can be stated in several recommendations. First, harmonization and synchronization of laws and regulations related to the forestry sector as stipulated in Law No. 41 of 1999 concerning Forestry and its derivative regulations with Law No. 6 of 2014 concerning Villages.