31 July 2015 Indonesia
To deal with rampant land disputes involving indigenous communities, the Environment and Forestry Ministry of Indonesia has set a target of redistributing 12.7 million hectares of social forests (2015-2019). The majority, 6.8 million ha, would be taken from concession forests — totaling 30 million ha, from which around 10 million ha are under industrial forest permits (HTI) and around 12 million ha are natural production forest concessions (HPH) — in the form of partnership forests, Hutan Kemitraan (HK).
12 June 2015 Indonesia
The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS) was inscribed in the Natural World Heritage list in 2004 by World Heritage Committee (WHC)-UNESCO for its unique natural beauty, the importance of its habitats for the conservation of endemic species, and the significant role of its on-going ecological and biological processes in its ecosystems to the global landscape. TRHS comprises three widely separated National Parks (NP); Gunung Leuser, Kerinci Seblat and Bukit Barisan Selatan. They cover a total area of 2.5 million hectares, constituting one of the biggest conservation areas in Southeast Asia.
21 January 2015 Indonesia
The High Conservation Value Network Indonesia (HCVNI) was established in April 2011 as a response to the increasing concerns in Indonesia regarding the absence of an entity to improve and to share the knowledge and skills that could eventually improve the quality of HCV assessments. From October 2014, Kresno D. Santoso of Tropenbos International Indonesia has been appointed as the Chairman of the Executive Board of HCVNI. He will hold the position for the period of 2014-2017.
30 September 2014 Indonesia
Until now, TBI Indonesia occupied two offices - in Balikpapan and in FORDA building, Bogor. In June 2014, TBI moved to Jl. A. Yani, Bogor. A traditional Javanese “Wayang Kulit” performance enlivened the opening of Tropenbos International Indonesia’s new office on Friday, 19 September 2014. The performance presented a story titled “Sumilaking Pedhut Wirata” or “The Vanishing Fog of Wirata”, a part of the popular epic of Mahabharata. The performance was special because the dalang (the storyteller) was not a professional artist, but Dr. Edi Purwanto, the Program Director of TBI Indonesia. Dr. Purwanto said that combining culture and forest management is viewed as something crucial at landscape level.
19 May 2014 Indonesia
The Jakarta Post - Indonesia has set aside 22.8 million hectares of conservation area in the form of national parks and reserves; however, the effectiveness of the management protecting these reserves and forests remains unproven. Deforestation has been unchecked, and occurs even in areas that have high value and vulnerable ecosystems, such as heath forest, peat swamp forest or endangered species habitat.
27 January 2014 Indonesia
The landscape approach is becoming more and more relevant as it links forest, biodiversity people, and livelihoods. To guarantee its appropriate implementation, strong coalitions and commitments towards sustainable development are needed from every party, including the private sector. This was one of the main issues raised at the national workshop “Systematization of Forest Productivity Improvement through the Landscape Restoration Program in Indonesia”, conducted in Lombok Island, Indonesia, 5th – 6th December 2013.