Welcome to Merabu
Rather than be bought off, however, they waged a long (and occasionally ugly) battle for their homeland. Finally in 2014 they became the first village in Berau District to gain official recognition of their village forest, an important step towards securing the rights of indigenous communities. As part of their new forest management plan, Merabu has also opened its doors to ecotourism – an activity the village is particularly well positioned to provide.
It takes a bit of work to get here, but once you do, you may never want leave.