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Jakarta Post

Graft main problem in forestry

  • Josi Khatarina
    Josi Khatarina

    PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne’s School of Law

Melbourne   /   Tue, August 29, 2017   /  10:30 am
Graft main problem in forestry Conserving forest: State forestry firm Perhutani officials prepare a large banner to promote tourism potentials at the Gunung Pancar Nature Tourism Park (TWA) in Bogor, West Java (JP/Theresia Sufa)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s pragmatic approach was reflected in his statement during the commemoration of Environmental Day in Jakarta. Reports said Jokowi cited forest management in Sweden and Finland as models to learn from. He was quoted as saying, “I don’t think it’s difficult. Just copy it and it can be adjusted to the condition of Indonesia’s forests.” Apparently Jokowi perceives Indonesia’s forestry problems as merely technical, thus copying other countries’ forestry management framework will easily solve them. Seventy-two years of independence is a long time to learn from many past failures. The government, often with support from the international community and many comparative studies, has introduced new laws and regulations, established and abolished institutions or conducted training upon training — ...

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