Indonesian President presented with Forest Governance IndexJun 5, 2015
BOGOR, Indonesia – June 5 – Marking World Environment Day, Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday was presented with the recently launched 2014 Forest Governance Index, a significant recognition of the report that analyses the strengths and weaknesses of forest governance in the country.
At the official commemoration of World Environment Day at the State Palace in Bogor, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya handed to President Widodo the Index, which was a joint assessment study conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry with support from UNDP, the UN-REDD Global Programme and FAO.
Home to the world’s third largest area of tropical forest, Indonesia plays a crucial role in the global climate change agenda. The administration of President Widodo has placed forest governance as one its action priorities, and the ever-growing importance of such governance means there is stronger need for periodic analysis and assessment.
The Forest Governance Index 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. Strengthening the governance of natural resources is emphasized in Indonesia’s 2015-2019 National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN), and the country has committed to a drastic 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
UNDP Indonesia Country Director Beate Trankmann, who was also at the ceremony, welcomed the handover of the Index.
"We are humbled by this recognition given by the Government of Indonesia. We hope that the Forest Index can be used as an effective assessment and monitoring tool that will support the country's transition to a green economy. We at UNDP are certainly committed to playing our part to support Indonesia in meeting its sustainable development agenda, " said Trankmann.
The launching of the 2014 Index came a week after President Widodo extended a moratorium on forest clearance for commercial purposes.
The report covers 12 of Indonesia’s provinces and two districts in each province, those provinces accounting for more than half of the forested area in Indonesia. Using a scale of one to 100, the result was an index of 35.97, showing a relatively weak forest governance system. The 2012 Forest Governance Index had similar findings, including that much of the country’s forest degradation is linked to weak spatial planning, land tenure problems, weak law enforcement and lack of transparency in the issuance of licenses for forest utilization.
There was also some progress, particularly in efforts to grant legal protection to customary forests, protecting the rights of indigenous people and the restructuring of the licensing process in several regions. These findings demonstrate there have been steps in the right direction to further improve the management of forests and peatlands.
For more details of the findings, please refer to key messages and the report at http://www.id.undp.org/indonesia/en/home.html.