chapter  2
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'Caring for Toba Land and the Environment: What about the People?

ApublicationoftheIndonesianGeneralDirectorateforAgrarianAffairsstatesthatthemost

chaoticland-useinNorthSumatraisfoundonlandwhichfallsunderthestatusofcustomary

laworadat(Silalahi1982).Thepublicationimplicitlystatesthatthepersistenceofpoverty canbeequatedtothepersistenceofacertainusagepatternappliedonadatland.North

Tapanuli,thefocusofthispaper,isknownashavingalargeproportionofadatland.Table1

showsthatadatlandintheNorthTapanulidistrictamountsto67.23%ofthearea'stotalland.

while21.01%iscategorisedasforestryland,whichisoftenone-sidedlyclaimedsobythe

ForestryDepartment.Althoughsuchcategorisationsofland(adat,forestry,stateandlease land)mayoverlap,thismayindicatethatadatisthenorm,governingmostoftheNorth Tapanulidistrict'sland.