UNDP launches Index of Forestry Protection in Indonesia
JAKARTA – May 6 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia on Monday launched the first comprehensive forest governance index for Indonesia. The index analyses the country's current state of forest governance and the implications for the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
Indonesia - deemed to be the country with the third largest tropical forest coverage in the world - has taken important positive steps to protect its forest. It is also one of the first countries to commit to a drastic 26% reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, which are in large parts caused by the degradation of its forest and peatlands.
The report contains detailed policy recommendations on how to strengthen accountable and participatory forest governance, which is considered key to achieving sustainable results for the effective protection of forests and peatlands in Indonesia.
UNDP Indonesia Country Director, Beate Trankmann, said that the robust baseline and governance data as well as the analysis offered by the report aims to provide a useful source of information for the Government to identify opportunities for further strengthening the implementation of REDD+ in Indonesia.
“ We hope the assessment results will translate into concrete actions to improve forest, land and REDD+ governance – this is a necessary prerequisite for us to effectively protect forest and peat lands and to achieve meaningful reductions in the release of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and threaten the common heritage of our planet and the well-being of humankind” said Trankmann.
The Head of the National REDD+ Task Force, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto said the Government of Indonesia places governance reform in forest and peat land management - including improving people’s welfare - at the very core of REDD+ in Indonesia.
“REDD+ in Indonesia is moving beyond carbon and we are not just talking about forests. REDD+ is about good forest governance to improve people’s welfare, reduce poverty and build a sustainable growth,Direct quote from Kuntoro” said Kuntoro who is also the Head of President's Delivery for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4)
Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan reiterates the government's strong commitment to applying sustainable development policies on forest protection in Indonesia.
" The implementation of good forest governance through REDD+ is expected to reverse deforestation rates, reduce forest degradation, improve forest conservation, enhance best practices on sustainable forest management and promote forest rehabilitation in Indonesia," said Hasan.
The one-year study was conducted in close consultation with the REDD+ Task Force, Ministry of Forestry and the National Development Planning Board (BAPPENAS). It was also developed following intensive public consultations and with the assistance of leading academics and experts in the country.
Indonesia, with support from the UN-REDD Global Progamme, is one of the four pilot countries launching a forest governance index; the other countries are Ecuador, Nigeria and Viet Nam.
The report covers Indonesia’s 10 provinces which account for more than half of the forested area in Indonesia. The provinces are Aceh; Riau; Jambi; South Sumatra; West Kalimantan; East Kalimantan; Central Kalimantan; Central Sulawesi, West Papua and Papua as well as two districts for each province.
The launching of the report comes less than two weeks before the expiry of Indonesia’s moratorium on forest clearance.
The report uses a scale of 1 to 5 to calculate an overall index value of forest, land and REDD+ governance. The result was an index of 2.33 in 2012. This value is derived from the index average aggregates of forest, land and REDD+ governance at the central level (2.78) combined with the average index value calculated for the 10 provinces with the largest forest areas (2.39), and the average index value of 20 districts surveyed within these provinces (1.8).
Tomi Soetjipto, Communication Analyst,
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