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Jakarta Post

Commentary: How jobs bill will change forest governance in Indonesia

  • Adisti Sukma Sawitri


Jakarta   /   Fri, September 25 2020   /  01:00 am
Deforestation.(Shutterstock/Rich Carey)

Indonesia has recently been rewarded for its forest policies. The government has secured US$124.1 million from the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Norwegian government through the results-based payment of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative, the fruits of a decade of efforts to curb deforestation and carbon emissions. Amid disputes about the government’s claims regarding reduced deforestation and forest fires, the grants demonstrate faith among the international community in the country’s forest-governance capability despite pressure for rapid agroforestry expansion.   But the government still has a lot to do to prove that it can live up to local and international expectations. Not only do deforestation and land disputes still occur, the omnibus bill on job creation, which is currently being deli...