Jambi launches first ever provincial-level forestry governance index in Indonesia

Dec 21, 2014

JAKARTA (22 December, 2014) – Jambi, one of Indonesia’s most forested provinces, on Monday launched the country’s first-ever district level forest governance index. The Report analyses the Province’s current state of forest governance and the implications for the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

Jambi is home to some of the most endangered species, namely the Sumatran Tiger, known to be at least 400 left in the world, and some of the country’s richest biodiversity.  The Report analyses the state of forest governance in Jambi’s nine districts, which make up more than half of the province’s forest areas.

Jambi was one of the 10 provinces assessed under the 2012 National Forest Governance Index – the first of its kind in the world- developed also with the support of UNDP and UN-REDD Programme 

UNDP Indonesia Country Director, Beate Trankmann said the findings of the report are expected to help not only the provincial government of Jambi but also other provinces in Indonesia – improve forest, land and REDD+ governance in their respective regions.

“Such improvements are necessary to protect Indonesia’s amazing tropical forests as a source of livelihood for its people and a source, “ said Trankmann

The Report uses a scale of 1 to 100 - with 1 being the lowest and 100 the highest - to calculate an overall value of forest, land and REDD+ governance at district level. The average result for the nine assessed districts was an index of 33.80, indicating that there are weaknesses in areas such as policy and regulation, enforcement mechanisms, and stakeholder awareness and capacity to protect the province’s forests.

“In short, there is much room for improvement,” added Trankmann 

The report also reconfirms earlier findings and recommendations from the National Forest Governance Index namely 1) the need for faster resolution of land and forest ownership disputes, 2) the importance of more equitable management of forest resources, 3) the need for transparency in managing forestry licensing and allocation of forest lands to the private sector, and 4) the importance of improving internal oversight functions and law enforcement capacities in order to apprehend and prosecute the main perpetrators involved in deforestation and forest degradation activities.    

Jambi Governor, Hasan Basri Agus said all parties including business communities, need to strive harder to improve forest governance in his province.

“This is imperative because we need to sustainably improve forestry governance in Jambi in a fair way. Furthermore we wan to ensure it’s free from any corruption practices, “ said Hasan Basri.   Click / tap here to start editing

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