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Jakarta Post

Govt to increase jurisdictional approach to tackling environmental problems

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 11, 2014   /  03:56 pm

The government will intensify the implementation of its jurisdictional approach to ensure that any development programs are environmentally friendly, an agency has said.

The National Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+) said on Tuesday that the approach needed to be implemented on a larger scale as it offered many benefits.

"For us in Indonesia, the jurisdictional approach for REDD+ should be realized nationally and implemented cross-functionally through district and provincial governments," said the agency's head, Heru Prasetyo, during an international conference held by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the Sultan Hotel in Jakarta.

He said the approach allowed local governments to be involved directly in forest management and sustainable agriculture planning by working closely with various stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

BP REDD+ forestry specialist Iwan Wibisono said the agency planned to involve more actors in its programs with the jurisdictional approach.

"We want the private sector to be more involved in the future. For example, palm oil firms can produce palm oil using a more sustainable approach," he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

In a bid to widen the implementation of the jurisdictional approach, BP REDD+ also launched a document explaining what the approach was and how the country could implement it.

BP REDD+ defines the approach as a nation-wide approach that is implemented and administered through Indonesia's provincial and district government units, with performance aggregated at the national level.

"There are lots of definitions [on what constitutes a jurisdictional approach] but we are trying to frame that [through the document]," Iwan said.

He said the biggest obstacle for the agency to intensify the use of the approach was the lack of coordination among various stakeholders.

"The main challenge is how to consolidate and coordinate many existing initiatives as well as how to coordinate multiple sectors," Iwan said.

TNC Lands global managing director, Justin Adams, said that human-capacity building and consistent political will were the keys to a successful jurisdictional approach.

"The success of the jurisdictional approach depends on human behavior change. Teaching people in the government, business and civil society why and how to act differently is another key piece of the puzzle," he said on Tuesday. (ebf)(++++)

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