Jakarta (Greeners) – Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) will set up a working group to speed up the process of social forestry, said Hadi Daryanto, director general of social forestry and environment partnerships, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (24/10).
The working group, said Daryanto, will be in charge for consultation, facilitation, and guidance with local people, up to forest management and business development, also help the government to verify the proposals.
Furthermore, he said that the working group would also serve as learning platform on social forestry by developing field schools, supporting the government for monitoring and evaluation on the program.
“Currently, there are 21 Working Groups signed under Governor’s Decision Letter, five is still processing, and eight provinces are still formatting. Out of 21 working groups, at least eight of them have already set up working plans,” he said.
Up to date, social forestry areas have covered 1,079,137.07 hectares comprise of 268 units of Village Forest of 494,600.83 hectares, 633 units of Community Forest of 255,741.67 hectares, 2,845 units of People’s Plantation Forest of 236,906.90 hectares and 168 units of Forest Partnerships of 77,652.43 hectares.
Meanwhile, Social Forestry permits have been issued for eight units of 5,439.9 hectares and ten units of customary forest of 8,795.34 hectares.
The government, he added, has allocated 12.7 million hectares of areas to be managed under social forestry schemes, — Community Forest, Village Forest, People’s Plantation Forest, Customary Forest and Forest Partnerships.
“This allocation is the real support from ministry of environment and forestry to improve people’s welfare and poverty eradication in villagers, solve tenure conflicts and encourage active participation to protect and be responsible on the areas they managed,” he said.
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