Bernadinus Steni is a lawyer with a degree from Gadjah Mada University. He has extensive experience providing legal assistance for indigenous peoples and local communities, especially in relation to natural resources. For example, he is part of a legal team filing forestry law to the Indonesian Constitutional Court. He has published several articles on indigenous peoples and human rights, covering topics including free prior and informed consent (2005), the legal framework of indigenous peoples’ rights in Indonesia (2008), the legal and political debate related to indigenous peoples’ rights in Indonesia (2008), and using human rights indicators to monitor REDD+ (2011). For the last five years he has been involved in climate change issues, with special foci on tenure, safeguards, and REDD+ in Indonesia. Drafter of National REDD+ safeguards, namely PRISAI (2012)

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