Minister Siti: “Need Encouragement for Good Governance in Sustainable Forest Management”

Jakarta, Nusantarapos,- Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya specifically attended a workshop event aimed at the preparation of the first publication of the State of Indonesia Forest document in Jakarta on Tuesday (15/5).

The event was conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Kementrian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan – KLHK)  in cooperation with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

In the compilation of the document contains how to highlight Government of Indonesia efforts through various forest policy and practice instruments promoting good governance in sustainable forest management in Indonesia.

According to Minister Siti, the document will become a basic guideline for sustainable management of Indonesia’s forests in the future on the grounds that the document can be used to formulate perceptions of a problem to avoid perception failure so that problems can not be solved. “This is the future of Indonesia, the future of our forests,” she said.

Siti describes Abroad that is a problem, and Indonesia should be able to explain that they have the right perception. Moreover, in terms of transparency of decision-making process in a policy must be known to others.

“Transparency is not just giving data to the public, but more than that. With this document is expected to provide the transparency to the community, “he explained.

Minister Siti also viewed this document as very important, considering that the international world is actually hoping that Indonesia can become a leader in several aspects.

“At various international meetings, always try to find leaders over peatlands, wildlife, pollution free planet, and so forth. Indonesia is often ogled in that aspect. “, She added.

In the Indonesian Forest Status document, contains several important aspects of Indonesian forest management, namely:

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 describe the current status of forest areas in Indonesia, including peat ecosystems, production forests and conservation areas.

In Chapter 3, explains efforts to address deforestation rates including by reducing forest and land fires and restoring peat ecosystems and controlling climate change. Chapter 4 specifically discusses the improvement of social forestry programs in Indonesia and the development of Indonesian forestry research.

Chapter 5 tells about the new directions taken in managing the conservation area. And Chapter 6 alludes to the contribution of the forest sector to the national economy and the current situation of the private sector, including certification of sustainable forest management and timber legality.

On the other hand, Stephen Rudgard said that this document is a political and excellent document needed for Indonesia as well as the world.

“It is an honor for us FAO can support the SOFO process since October 2017. For FAO, Indonesian SOFO is not only important for Indonesia but also for the world,” said Stephen.

Even later, the document will be printed into a book with English which is currently in the technical review phase which will be updated with a draft revision later this month. Th writing of this book will be coordinated directly by Dr. Effransjah, as an environmental activist who is also a Senior Advisor to the Minister of LHK.

The 2018 Indonesia Forest Status Book will be launched in late June 2018 through soft launching, before being presented by Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya at the FAO International Forest Committee Conference, in Rome, Italy in July 2018.(*)



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