The Jakarta Post
The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) should focus on engaging locals by involving them in its peatland restoration program, experts say.
Korea SG Consulting, a South Korean-based environmental NGO, suggested that Indonesia conduct a socioeconomic survey by interviewing local residents living near the restoration land and involving them in mapping the project before carrying out the restoration.
“Without [local residents], we can’t complete the agenda. We need to know their expectations and what incentives they expect from the government and stakeholders,” Korea SG Consulting general manager Gyeongmin Roh said on Tuesday in a seminar held by the Indonesian government, South Korean Embassy and Korea Forest Agency (KFS).
The seminar was a follow up of an agreement on peatland restoration and forest fire prevention signed by Jakarta and Seoul in May this year.