Mixed Progress In Forest Governance, Says 2015 Assesment ReportApr 27, 2016
Jakarta, 25 April 2015 - The Indonesia Forest Governance Assessment 2015 launched today at the UNDP Indonesia office is the third of this kind and is jointly conducted by UNDP and Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry.
The Assessment captures views from a large pool of forest governance experts from government agencies, civil society, the private sector, and academia. It looks at four key dimensions of forest governance, namely equity over forest resources, transparency of forest management, law enforcement, and certainty of forest areas.
“In Indonesia more than in any other countries, fighting climate change and reducing emissions is highly dependent on a strong forest governance. Assessing progress made and areas for improvement as the report does is therefore crucial for Indonesia to meet its emission reduction targets.” said UNDP Indonesia Country Director Christophe Bahuet.
At the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 held in Paris, President Jokowi reiterated the country’s commitment to reduce emission by 29% below by the year 2030, and Indonesia was among the 175 Member States signing the Paris Agreement at the UN Headquarters on 22nd April 2015.
“From 2012 to 2015 the most worrying [public perception] is toward regency and provincial levels. The people’s expectation [to improve the system and reduce cost of getting forest management license] is very high toward the central government, but not at the local government levels,” said Hariadi Kartodiharjo, Professor of Forestry at the Agricultural Institute of Bogor, who is also one of the report writers and a senior advisor to Ministry of Environment and Forestry as well as the Corruption Eradication Commission.
As some of its key findings, the assessment points at limited progress in addressing tenure conflicts but marked improvements in the licensing systems, which can contribute to reducing the rate of rent-seeking activities and corruption.
Read the full summary of proceedings from the event here