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Jakarta Post

Local people have their voice in project implementation

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, March 19 2011   /  10:00 am

There will be no permits available for any organization initiating Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus (REDD-plus) projects without first implementing the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process involving local communities and indigenous people living in forest areas, a senior official says.

National Forestry Board (DKN) presidium head Made Subadya Gel Gel said Thursday that REDD-plus project initiators had to carry out the FPIC process in planned project areas before they could receive the necessary permits from relevant REDD-plus institutions.

“We need to carry out such processes to make sure that the implementation of REDD-plus in Indonesia will directly benefit indigenous people and local communities,” he said at the launching of recommendations on FPIC instruments held by the DKN, the Forestry Ministry and the UN-REDD Indonesia.