• Deforestation and Social Conflict Keep Happening, Indonesian Government has to Strengthen Sustainability System of Forest Management

    Jakarta, February 28th 2018. FWI presented in three periods North Sumatera, East Kalimantan, and North Maluku had lost 718.000 hectare of their natural forest. Every hours, natural forest as big as 42 times of soccer field had gone on those three provinces. JPIK assessment to 296 Sustainable Production Forest Management (PHPL) IUIPHHK-HA (Logging Concession) and HT (Timber Concession) certificates found that 197 of permit holders had bad scored on production aspects. These findings generated a big question toward the sustainability of forest management practice and will impact to the slow problem solving of forest management nowadays, especially in social and ecological aspects. Today, FWI and JPIK launched books entilted “Unstoppable ...;

  • Certification Scheme For Sustainable Palm Oil Need To Be Re-Designed

    Indonesian Civil Society Groups for Sustainable Palm Oil Industry Tuesday, March 21, 2017. – On the International Day of Forests, we, a group of civil society representatives released a joint message regarding sustainable palm oil industry in Indonesia through a position paper that highlights the need of active participation and transparency in the process of ‘strengthening’ the certification system for Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) that is currently being pursued by the Government. This position paper was written to support the Government’s agenda in (i) addressing the challenge of climate change mitigation and improved governance on natural resources through the policy framework and its implementation, (ii) increase the market acceptance ...;

  • Indonesian Civil Society Groups’ Position Paper On Sustainable Palm Oil Industry in Indonesia

    I. BACKGROUND Palm oil is one of the prominent agriculture products in most part of Indonesia. Indonesia is the biggest palm oil producer in the world with production rate more than 30 million tons in 2015 , though its production rate still below Malaysia. More than 70% of total production exported to international market that includes India, Europe, and China, and other 60 countries . In early 2017, the Government of Indonesia (GoI) set a target of producing 40 million tons of crude palm oil (CPO) by 2020 . In the global market, palm oil is the favorite vegetable oil compared to other vegetable oils due to its highest productivity ...;

  • Agrarian Ministry/National Land Agency Are Demanded to Be More Open

    Jakarta, 19 August 2016. Indonesian civil society organizations are questioning the commitment of the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry/National Land Agency (KemenATR/BPN) concerning public information openness. The statement was launched soon after the notification of appeal from the said Ministry against the Central Information Commission (KIP)’s ruling which stated that palm oil plantation Cultivation Right Title (HGU) that had been requested by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) was an open information. The Notification and Appeal Letter from the Agrarian Ministry to the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) dated 9 August 2016 shows the Ministry’s lack of willingness to provide room for participation to the public in monitoring development in plantation sector. ...;

  • Ministry of Trade Must Demonstrate Commitment To Enforcing Legal Timber Trade by Taking Legal Action Against Companies That Violate The Law

    Bogor, 18 May 2016. A number of environmental NGOs are urging the Indonesian Government to improve monitoring and law enforcement in support of implementing the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, which aims to correct forest governance in Indonesia. One of the tangible steps requested is to follow-up on violations highlighted in reports submitted by independent monitoring agencies. On 12 May 2016 in Jakarta, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Industry issued a joint press release to announce the government’s commitment and welcome progress made towards implementation of FLEGT Licensing. The Minister of Foreign Affairs stated, “There ...;

  • FLEGT License Implementation Must be Accompanied by Governance Improvement Sustainability in the Forestry Sector and Its Trade

    POSITION PAPER INDONESIAN CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA, GOVERNMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, AND FORESTRY SECTOR AND ITS TRADE On 21 April 2016, the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and President of the European Council Donald Tusk issued a joint statement that the European Union and Indonesia have agreed to immediately undertake steps toward implementation of the first FLEGT licensing scheme, which is an effort from both parties to reduce illegal logging and promote the trade of legal timber. The FLEGT licensing scheme implementation is one of the main achievements of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between Indonesia and ...;

  • Loopholes in Legality

    How a Ministry of Trade Decree Benefits Shadowy Timber Exporters & Undermines legal Reforms Case Study: Violations of Numerous Regulations by Companies in the Name of SMEs Between 1998 and 2014 Indonesia fought a long battle with illegal logging. Calls to save Indonesia’s forests gained national, regional and even international attention. To improve forest governance, the Indonesian Government developed a Timber Legality Assurance System (in Indonesia, Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu or SVLK) which came into effect on September 2010. This system aimed to ensure that the timber industry can obtain legal raw materials from a sustainable forest resources management system with transparent and accountable governance. However, while SVLK was developed ...;

  • Forest Management Document Is Now Open to Public

    Bogor, 16 February 2016. The 3 year-long process to push forward the freedom of information in forestry sector has eventually come to a turning point, which was marked with the handover of forest management document from the Ministry of Environment & Forestry (MEF) to FWI on Monday, 15 February 2016, at Manggala Wanabakti Building, Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Freedom of information in forest management is eventually endorsed by the MEF. The Secretary of Directorate General of Sustainable Production Forest Management (PHPL), Sakti Hadengganan Harahap, in a symbolic ceremony, handed over the RKUPHHK, RKTUPHHK, RPPBI, and IPK documents to the Deputy Director of FWI, Soelthon Gussetya Nanggara. “Coming to a ...;

  • Public Information Disclosure Shall Also Be Implemented by Relevant Ministries/Institutions in Natural Resources Management

    Jakarta, 11 November 2015. Information disclosure in forest management has entered into a new phase after the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) was mandated to disclose the access to public data and information it possesses by the Jakarta State Administrative Court’s ruling. Advocating information disclosure in public body such as MoEF was a long process. It took a number of proceedings in the Central Information Commission (KIP) and Jakarta State Administrative Court before it was achieved. Information disclosure shall also be fostered in every ministry/institution managing natural resources. Since 2013, as a part of independent forest monitoring, Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) has been conducting official information request to the ...;

  • Appeal Rejected, The Ministry of Environment and Forestry to Be Sued Openly

    Jakarta, 26 August 2015. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) was sued upon the demand to implement Law No. 14 of 2008 on public information disclosure. The decision was recited by the Presiding Judge in Jakarta State Administration Court (PTUN) in the proceeding between the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) as the defendant and FWI as the plaintiff. This will be the second decision that obliges the former to immediately provide the information demanded by FWI (read: http://fwi.or.id/english/?publikasi=ngos-urge-the-ministry-of-environment-and-forestry-to-comply-with-public-information-disclosure-act). In the proceeding held today (26/8/15), the Board of Judges decided to reiterate the decision of the Central Information Commission (KIP), which has ruled that licenses for forest and timber ...;

  • Damages, Future Challenge and Changes of SOFR 2007

    Bob Purba, Presentation on Tokyo, 2007 Condition and Tendency… • The increasing of damage forest (degradation and deforestation) • The continueing of forest logging and illegal wood commerce • The continueing of forest fire and forest convertion which can not be controlled • Poverty which related to damage forest • Loss of government benefits, environmental services and biodiversity • The increasing of environmental problems and conflicts that caused by the rare of forest resources • The undistinct of forest area status • The weaken of organisational function in managing forest resources • The weaken of protection and conservation Condition and Tendency… INDONESIA IS EXPRIENCING THE FASTEST TROPICAL FOREST LOOSING IN ...;

  • Sugar Cane Expansion Continues, Aru Islands Community’s Lives Threatened Once Again

    Bogor, 22 June 2015. The government is deemed to have committed public deception regarding clearing for sugar cane plantation in Aru Islands. Statement from the Minister of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman, as quoted by thejakartapost.com on 18 June 2015, explains that the government has prepared three sites covering 500,000 ha for sugar cane plantation development in Indonesia. The three sites are Aru Islands, Merauke, and Southeast Sulawesi. Previously, Aru Islands’ natural forests were threatened due to plans for sugar cane plantation clearing plans in the islands. But on 4 April 2014, Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan stated that sugar cane plantation expansion principle permits were cancelled in Aru Islands due to ...;

  • NGOs Urge the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to Comply with Public Information Disclosure Act

    Jakarta, 10 June 2015. Several NGOs urge the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) to comply with Public Information Disclosure Act in accordance with the 8th May 2015 Central Information Commission court ruling on information dispute between Forest Watch Indonesia and The Ministry. The Commission granted the request for information by FWI and stated that the types of information requested constitute open documents that should be accessible to public. Instead of complying with the decision of the trial, MoEF raised objection against the decision and appealed to the State Administrative Court (Administrative Court) in Jakarta on 29th May, 2015. MoEF clearly had ignored Law No.14 of 2008 on Public Information ...;

  • Today, the Public Information Disclosure Act Begins to Be Enforced

    Bogor, 8 May 2015. The Central Information Commission (Komisi Informasi Pusat/KIP) has granted FWI’s request for information. The decision was recited by the chairman of commissionary board in information dispute trial between FWI and Ministry of Environment and Forestry. After the receipt of the injunction (amar putusan), the Ministry shall comply with the decision and immediately submit the requested data. The commissionary board’s decision shows that Information Comission is committed to implement Law No.14 of 2008. Although several internal aspects still need to be improved, this decision is worth appreciation as this time KIP has managed to thoroughly distinguish between open information from the exempted one. The information requested by ...;

  • Aru Islands, Indonesia – The Warden on The Jargarian Forest

    Jargarian land is a local name for Aru Archipelago. Indeed, not many know the territory that became part of the Maluku. Aru Islands archipelago is one of the Indonesia’s natural forests that still very well preserved. About 83% or 667,000 ha land in the Aru Islands is natural forest and spread across 187 small islands in the Aru Islands. The preserve situation of natural forest in the Aru Islands can not be separated from the role of Aru Islands indigenous peoples who continue to keep their customary forests. Natural forest in the Aru Islands are under preasure because of a wide range of land-based investment company under that would take ...;

  • Mentawai – No Palm Oil on the Island


  • The Facts from State of the Forest Report 2009-2013 – part 3

    Box 12. Forest Area Lease for Mining Mining industry in Indonesia is known to have irreversible destruction power, greed for land, and one of the causes of loss of forest cover. Referring to the data from the Ministry of Forestry, from 2008 until March 2013 the realization of total forest area leases for the mining industry has reached 2.9 million hectares. Those lands consist of 2.5 million hectares of forest area lease (IPPKH) for survey/exploration and 380 thousand hectares IPPKH for exploitation/production operation. If we look at the permits given to the mining companies, from 2010 until May 2013 there were signifiant increase of Mining Business Permits (IUP). From only ...;

  • The Facts from State of the Forest Report 2009-2013 – part 2

    Box 7. Linkages between the Loss of Natural Forest with the Forest Governance Index Good forest governance is the determinant factor of sustainable, inclusive, and transparent forest management, thus also determines the success of the government’sefforts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the forestry sector. Therefore, the effort to improve forest governance to reduce deforestation rates is urgently and seriously needed. FWI’s analyses and the result of study by ICEL-FITRA show the potential linkages between loss of forest cover with the governance index of the area. The obvious trend is the lower the governance index in the district, the higher deforestation. As can be seen in Figure 15, Berau ...;

  • The Facts from State of the Forest Report 2009-2013 – part 1

    Box 1. Generating Natural Forest Cover Data 2013 Interpretation of satellite imageries 2013 Natural forest cover data 2013 obtained from the interpretation of Landsat ETM 7 images interpretation and also Landsat 8 with coverage time between 2012 and 2013. The span of this coverage time is intended to get the image data that are net of clouds. The satellite images were downloaded from the www.glovis.usgs.gov site. The satellite images that have been downloaded, then extracted and composited. The channel used for the Landsat ETM 7 images is channel 1 to 5, while for Landsat 8, using channel 4 to 6. The image interpretation conducted with the combination of channel 543 ...;

  • The State of The Forest Indonesia Period of 2009 – 2013

    Indonesia has the largest tropical forest in the world, rich forest resources, andbiodiversity. For all of this time, the rich and diverse tropical forests have beenutilized directly and indirectly, to fulfil the human needs, society and Indonesiaas a state. Utilization of Indonesia’s forest, especially to meet the market demand, has caused the loss of total forest cover (deforestation). During the period of 2009-2013, the average rate of deforestation is 1, 13 million hectares per year. This high rate of deforestation had affected the increase of greenhouse gases (GHG), prone to disaster, extinction of endangered animals and their habitats, and conflct between several stakeholders. This report is a mean to get ...;

  • The Main Points of State of the Forest Report 2009-2013

    In 2013, total of land in Indonesia that still covered by natural forest is 82 million hectares. Seventy fie percent of it is located in Papua and Kalimantan. In 2013, the total of natural forest cover sequentially are: Papua 29,4 million hectares, Kalimantan 26,6 million hectares, Sumatera 11, 4 million hectares, Sulawesi 8,9 million hectares, Maluku 4,3 million hectares, Bali and Nusa Tenggara 1,1 million hectares, and Java 675 thousand hectares. In 2013, from a total of Maluku land, 57 percent of it is still natural forest. A total of Maluku’s forest only contribute 5 percent of total of Indonesia’s forest. It turns out that the geographic condition and the ...;

  • State of Forest and Community’s in Aru Islands, Maluku, Indonesia

    Small islands are an ecosystem with a higher rate of threats compared to larger islands. This fact is often forgotten by the general public and government in the midst of national development. A study conducted by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) in 2013-2014 in Aru Islands indicates that forests in these small islands are highly vulnerable life support systems, both in the hands of nature as well as humans who want to exploit the islands’ natural resources. The forests in the small islands are an important ecosystem that must be protected to support the lives of the community, not only those inhabiting the island but also the entire global population. Natural ...;

  • Ministry of Forestry Is The Cause of Small Islands Destruction in Indonesia

    Jakarta, 13 March 2015. The existence of Ministry of Forestry in managing small islands is suspected to be the main cause of natural forest destruction in the small islands. It is expressed by the Coalition to Save Small Islands in Indonesia during the talk show titled “Critical Condition of Small Islands and Indigenous Peoples Rights” in the Antara Journalistic Photo Gallery. The Coalition also encourages the public to save the small islands in Indonesia. The rapid natural resource exploitation in the small islands has caused several small islands in Indonesia are destroyed and even sinked. The permit issued by-at that time-Ministry of Forestry resulted in rapid development of land-based investment ...;

  • Important Task for Indonesian President Joko Widodo

    The Crisis of Forest Ecosystems in Indonesia’s Small Islands COALITION TO SAVE INDONESIA’S SMALL ISLANDS Indonesia is an archipelago nation with more than 13,466 islands.1 This places Indonesia as the largest archipelago country in the world. Referring to Law no. 27 of 2007, islands smaller than 2,000 km2 are classified as small islands. Based on existing regulations, 80% or approximately 10,000 islands in Indonesia are categorized as small islands. The following is a comparison between the numbers of large and small islands in six provinces in Indonesia. Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) looked at these six provinces and saw that 14% or 3.5 million hectares of the terrestrial areas in these provinces are located in small islands. Moreover, in Riau Islands province, 100% or 900 million hectares of the province area are small islands. The areas above are only those recorded in FWI’s assessment. Based on the current geographic conditions, there are certainly more small islands in these six provinces as well as throughout Indonesia. With Indonesia’s status as an archipelago nation, it is only appropriate that its national development concept should be based on the country’s geographical conditions. President Joko Widodo’s agenda known as NAWACITA includes an objective to return Indonesia to its state of glory as a maritime nation. This surely requires a reversal of the current development concept. Development that focuses on large islands is believed to be neglecting smaller islands. This results in the small islands being regarded as a granary of natural resources to be exploited for large island development interests. One aspect that must be appreciated from the NAWACITA concept is the idea of developing Indonesia ...;

  • Indonesia Forest Cover 2014

    Indonesia Forest Spatial Information Atlas of Indonesian Forest 2014 is one of the efforts of Forest Watch Indonesia in order to support the transparency of data and information on forestry sector. In this atlas, FWI presents the condition of Indonesia’s forests include the distribution of forest and non-forest, deforestation, forest allocation through HPH, HTI, Plantation, Mining up throughout Indonesia. This atlas is equipped with data set, so that it can be obtained an idea of how widespread is the existing forests, how much forest area degraded / deforestation as well as the total area allocated for forest management through forest concessions, industrial timber estate, plantations and mining. The information on ...;

  • Strengthen Transparency

    Build Credibility And Public Trust For Forest Management In Indonesia (Policy Brief Gorest Governance) Forest management in Indonesia can be identified by the development of the IUPHHK-HA (License to commercially utilize timber in natural forest), IUPHHK-HT (License to run business of industrial plantation), and IUPKH (License to utilize forest area) for small scale businesses such as IUPHHK-HTR (License to run business of plantation for social forestry), Community Forest and Village Forest. In the last 10 years, business from natural forest has been decreasing. In 2013, there are only 22.8 million hectares of Production Forest that managed by 272 companies. While, from those companies, less than 50% or only 115 companies ...;

  • Potrait of Forestry Governance Implementation (Barito)

    A Case Study in South Barito District, Central Kalimantan The result of assessment on forest governance condition in South Barito showed the complexity of the problems. Several problems identified in the governance context from accountability, transparency, and coordination, indicated that the existing management system have to be improved and strengthened. The consistency of good governance is a goal of every stakeholder, including public. Through this study, it is also identified several challenges on implementing the forestry governance principles. Several opportunities to intervention are believed can improve the forest governance and can inspire the development in the regional level, such as: – The need for information transparency in the forestry sector ...;

  • Portrait of Forest Governance

    A Case Study on East Lombok District GFI Indonesia has an initiative to assess the condition of forest management in Indonesia. The study focused on Central Kalimantan and West Nusa T enggara (NTB) Provinces. Assessment of forest governance on NTB Province conducted in Lombok Island in two districts, W est Lombok and East Lombok Districts. Forest areas in Lombok Island are not separated from the Rinjani Mountain area (125.000 hectares), where most of the area-almost the half of itdirectly boundaries with the East Lombok District (60.329, 67 hectares). Overall, both in the Rinjani Mountain National Park and its buffer zone reach the 64.508,67 hectares (31, 21% and 160.555 hectares). Moreover ...;

  • The Unending Disintegration of Indonesia’s Forests

    All natural resources controlled by the State, namely forest, sea, or other aquatic resources, are continually facing degradation with the one commonality in that they are caused by poor government capacity in managing and utilizing these natural resources. The quality and quantity of Indonesia’s forest resources continue to degrade every year. The lack of ability to provide information on forest resources condition has often led to debates. The extent of forest degradation, high deforestation rate or actual conditions of remaining forests, are information that is difficult to obtain. In the context of forest governance, availability of accurate forestry data and information is a critical factor. Data and information is needed ...;

  • SVLK in the Eyes of the Monitor

    Independent Monitoring and A Review of The Implementation of The Timber Legality Verification System, 2011-2013 The Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) is a system built to ensure the legality of timbers and timber products that are produced in Indonesia. The SVLK was initially stipulated in Forestry Minister Regulation – Permenhut No.38/2009 and implementation began in September 2010. As a form of commitment to actively contribute to improving good governance in the forestry sector by ensuring credibility and accountability in SVLK implementation, the Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) was established. JPIK is a working network with members from civil society organizations (NGOs), individuals as well as community groups and focuses on ...;

  • JPIK Calls the Government Of Indonesia to Improve the Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK)

    Jakarta, November 24, 2014. The Indonesian Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) is calling on the Government of Indonesia to improve the timber legality assurance system (SVLK) agreed to by both the European Union and Government Of Indonesia. A new report “ SVLK in the Eyes of the Monitor” launched today reveals results from civil society independent monitoring of the system from 2011- 2013. Civil Society Independent Monitoring is part of the formal agreement between the Government of Indonesia and the EU through the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). “We strongly support the Government’s plan for the full implementation of the SVLK expected on January ...;

  • Last Forest In Small Islands Of Indonesia

    The citizens and ecosystem of Aru Islands is under massive pressure. Investment plan of big companies in plantation sector will open lands area in Aru Islands more than 75 percent. Social and economic changes is unavoided, in line with forest clearing in this archipelago country. Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) suggest there are three group companies who wants to invest their capital, they are: Menara  Group, Aru Manise Group, and Nusa Ina Group. Those three  groups are at least involved 46 subsidiaries (28 Menara  Group’s subsidiarires, 15 Aru Manise Group’s subsidiaries, and Nusa Ina Group’s subsidiaries) who are ready to open land area in Aru Islands. Those companies are more likely to  compete for each other. It has ...;

  • President Must Intervene Forest Ecosystem in Aru Islands

    Bogor, 23 April 2014. Forest ecosystem in Aru Islands must be protected and preserved. The President of Republic of Indonesia should instruct the Ministry of Forestry and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to immediately issue policies to ensure sustainability of forest ecosystems in small islands, including Aru Islands. This includes implementing policies that protect and respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples to their ancestral territories, lands and resources. Indonesian Minister of Forestry Mr. Zulkifli Hasan has stated that the plan to open sugarcane plantations in Aru Islands has been cancelled. The slopes of the land is not suitable and the fact that it is not economically good enough ...;

  • The Last Rainforest in Aru Island Under Threat

    Bogor, 11 March 2014. A 480,000 ha sugarcane plantation has been approved on the Aru Islands. The islands are located in Maluku, and comprise a total of 770,000 ha, of which 730,000 ha remain natural forest. In 2010, then Bupati (regent) of Aru Islands, Teddy Tengko, issued licenses, permits, and recommendations for the use of 480,000 ha as plantations for 28 companies. All companies are subsidiaries of the PT. Menara Group, a private company in the plantation sector. This was reinforced by then Governor of Maluku, Karel Albert Ralahalu, through a recommendation letter filed in July 2011. Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) found that, based on Land Use Planns (RTRWK) for ...;

  • Flawed Court Case Highlights Failings of Legal Timber System

    The shockingly lenient verdict handed down by a West Papua court to a police officer charged with illegal logging, fuel smuggling and money laundering is an appalling indictment of Indonesia’s utter failure to tackle corruption within the forestry sector and the strongest evidence of a cover-up that the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has witnessed for a long time. Labora Sitorus, a low-ranking police officer based in Sorong, West Papua, was earlier this week found guilty of just one of the charges – illegal logging – and was sentenced to two years in prison and fined a mere US$4,000. He was acquitted of money laundering, despite evidence showing US$127 million passed ...;

  • Indonesia’s Forest Moratorium: Impacts and Next Steps

    Indonesia has taken a significant step toward improving management of forest resources through its moratorium on new licenses to convert primary natural forests and peat lands. By extending the initial moratorium for two more years until 2015, Indonesia has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable development. In this paper WRI presents research on challenges to the implementation of the moratorium at the local level, and the state of ongoing governance reforms. Key Findings: Most local officials interviewed know little about the moratorium. The effectiveness of the moratorium is hampered by poor understanding of what lands the moratorium protects and what activities are prohibited in these areas. For example, five out of ...;

  • Handbook of REDD+ Preconditions Monitoring for Cummunity

    Handbook of REDD+ Preconditions Monitoring is an integral part from the REDD+ Monitoring Guidebook written by the MFP (Multistakeholder Forestry Programme). The guidebook consists of five interrelated parts, so it is important -before using this the REDD+ Preconditions Monitoring Handbook- to read the REDD+ Monitoring Guidelines first. This Handbook of Monitoring the REDD+ Preconditions is expected as a helping tools for stakeholders while do monitoring, including to identify the processes and implementation of REDD+ projects precondition, particularly in the field.

  • REDD+ Agency: Step Forward or Panic Move?

    Civil Society Coalition to Save Indonesian Forests and Global Climate Jakarta (9/9) — After what seemed to be forever, on September 2, 2013 the President finally established a REDD+ Agency by Presidential Regulation No. 62/2013 on Managing Body for Reducing GHG Emissions from Deforestation and Forest and Peatland Degradation. The political process involved in establishing this Agency took more than 2 years, even longer than the establishment of some Laws. Despite the amount of time consumed, it is regrettable that the Regulation did not create any breakthrough for forest governance improvement, protection and fulfillment of human rights, and forest and peatland restoration. The Coalition raises big questions worth examining both ...;

  • Chaotic Permits and Licensing System Causing Disaster in East Kutai Regency

    Press Release Bogor, 15 April 2013. The issuance of business permits from East Kutai Regent to palm oil and coal mining companies and recommendation letter for HTI concession have caused deforestation and degradation of customary forests and the source of livelihood of Long Bentuq communities as well. The facts showed that the eviction of land and forests in the Long Bentuq village happened since 2006 done by palm oil companies PT. Hamparan Perkasa Mandiri (PT. HPM), PT. Kaltim Agro Mandiri (PT. KAM), PT. SuburAbadiWanaAgung (PT. SAWA) and PT. Gemilang Sejahtera Abadi (PT. GSA). Since their first arrival, local communities didn’t agree about their intention to operate in their land. The ...;

  • Save The Last Customary Forest

    The Chaotic Permits System of East Kutai Government Land conflict that occur between the communities, palm plantation and coal mining companies is a serious problem that has not been able to resolved by Government of Indonesia (GoI) until now. The coming of HPH, HTI, palm oil plantations and coal mining impacts on forest destruction and social life of Long Bentuq communities. According to the history,since 15th century until 1918-when it is officially stated as a village-Long Bentuq communities have occupied forests area and interact with nature through hunting and gathering activities. Started with the operation on timber company (HPH) in 1999, then in 2006 some investors interested and come to ...;

  • Greenpeace urges President SBY to Focus on Forest Protection by strengthening the Moratorium

    Jakarta, December 13th, 2012 – Greenpeace today urged Indonesia’s President Yudhoyono and his government to prioritise forest protection in the last full year of his presidency, by strengthening and extending the moratorium on deforestation, which is due to expire on 20 May 2013. Greenpeace and Forest Watch Indonesia campaigners presented a powerful case for the moratorium to be extended at the packed press conference in Jakarta, including an assessment of moratorium progress and analysis of the latest moratorium map, using recent field reports to highlight the urgent improvements needed. Although Forestry Minister Zulkifli has recommended an extension to the moratorium to President Yudhoyono, there is already evidence that there is ...;

  • Indonesia and European Union Should Ensure The Trading of Legal Timber Products

    PRESS RELEASE Bogor, October 25th, 2012. Indonesia Independent Forestry Monitoring Network (JPIK) reaffirmed the need of checking the imported timber products that imported to European Union (EU). This have to be done to ensure the timber products that accepted by the EU are the one that legal guaranteed legal and can be traced to its sources. This statement from JPIK is to response the shipment test, involving 17 companies done in 4 big major harbor: Tanjung Perak at Surabaya, Tanjung Emas at Semarang, Tanjung Priok at Jakarta and Belawan at Medan. This shipment test conducted in 15th October 2012 until the end of November 2012 to 9 EU member countries. ...;

  • Spatial Regulation of Kalimantan Island Potentially Destroy 3 Million Hectares of Central Kalimantan Forests

    Bogor, 8 March 2012 – Two environmental NGOs indicated that there is more threat to Central Kalimantan forests. This threat followed the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 3/ 2012 about Kalimantan Spatial Planning. Both organizations are calling the Government to review the regulations prior to the wide spread of forests destruction. On 5 January 2012, has published a new regulation about spatial plan in island scope. This spatial plan arranged in Presidential Decree No.3/2012 about Kalimantan Spatial Planning. Under the regulation, the mention of the minimum protection of Conservation Area and vegetated Protected Area are 45% from Kalimantan Island. Not only the minimum area that must be protected, the regulation ...;

  • Portrait of Indonesia’s Forests: 15.2 million Ha Forest Has Gone

    Bogor, July 27, 2011. Today, a report with titled “Portrait of Indonesia Forest, 2000-2009” has been launched by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI). The report provide an analysis of Indonesia forest cover in the period of 2000-2009 as well as the performance of management within the existing concessions, such as timber plantation, palm oil plantation and mining. Around 15.2 million hectares of forest in Indonesia has gone (deforested) with a rate of deforestation around 1.5 million hectares per year. The report of Portrait of Indonesia Forests, in the period of 2000-2009 which has been launched, clearly describe that in 2009, the remaining forest left only 46.3% or 88 million hectares where ...;

  • the Indonesian Forests Condition and the Performance of Stakeholders in Forestry

  • Taking Stock of Indonesian Forest Conditions and Forest Stakeholder Performance

    According to the Constitution of 1945, forests are a renewable resource and should be sustainably managed so as to provide their maximum benefit to the people of Indonesia. Regarding this objective, comprehensive, trusted and up-to-date data and information constitute the basic requirements of sustainable forest management. The most recent forest cover and land use data is a primary requirement. Because forest cover change takes place so quickly Indonesia, up-to-date information is fundamental to forest resource management, and a prerequisite to sustainable forest-use and enhancement of people’s prosperity. Forest cover is the basic barometer of forest degradation, displaying on-the-ground conversions and exploitations, regardless of land-use allocations or data. Unfortunately, such accurate ...;

  • Indonesian Ecolabel Institute Must Stop Issuing Sustainable Management of Forest Estates Certificates to Industrial Timber Estates

    Bogor, 9 February 2009. Two national NGOs, Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) and Telapak urged the Indonesian Ecolabel Institute (LEI) today to stop issuing Sustainable Management of Forest Estate (PHTL) to Industrial Timber Estates (HTI) that convert natural forest or open up peat ecosystems during the establishment of an estate. LEI, which has just concluded its second congress, has issued PHTL certification to two HTI companies, PT. RAPP in Riau and PT. WKS in Jambi. Both companies converted natural forests into industrial timber plantations and some of their concession areas are built on peat ecosystems. Wirendro Sumargo, Executive Director of FWI, said “LEI PHTL certification only looks at how the timber ...;

  • Community Logging to Save Forests and Store Carbon: A Model from Konawe Selatan

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    Forest management certification originated in the 1980s in an effort to mediate two opposing groups: tropical timber companies and exporters on one side and the critical consumer in importing countries on the other side. While the former wanted to continue exploiting tropical forests and trade in the products freely, the latter wanted to curb forest degradation by boycotting tropical timber products. The boycotting consumers assumed that all tropical timber exploitation was destructive and unsustainable. It was no surprise that such generalization met strong opposition from the producers, who intensively campaigned for the sustainability of their managed forests. The campaigns, in the eyes of critical consumer were non-objective advertisements and self-defense. ...;

  • The Threatened Intact Forest Landscape Of Papua Island

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  • Indonesia Forest Cover 2003

    Atlas of Indonesian Forest 2003 is one of the efforts of Forest Watch Indonesia in order to support the transparency of data and information on forestry sector. In this atlas, FWI presents the condition of Indonesia’s forests include the distribution of forest and non-forest, deforestation, forest allocation through HPH, HTI, Plantation, Mining up throughout Indonesia. This atlas is equipped with data set, so that it can be obtained an idea of how widespread is the existing forests, how much forest area degraded / deforestation as well as the total area allocated for forest management through forest concessions, industrial timber estate, plantations and mining. Jawa (Java) Region Kalimantan (Borneo) Region Maluku ...;

  • State of the Forest Report

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