Forest Stewardship Council for Indonesia: Majelis Wali Hutan untuk Indonesia

The Concept Note is Prepared by

Happy Tarumadevyanto

Background

Indonesia occupies the area with the third largest forest area after Brazil and Latin America. Indonesia’s strategic position includes several small, medium, and large-scale companies whose existence has received international attention. Apart from having international-scale companies, Indonesia is a Mega Diversity for biodiversity in the said region.

Based on international FSC experiences, It will require more experience and timing to carry out the process of increasing a better understanding of the Indonesian context.

Introducing Indonesia in the context of international forestry development requires a certain persistence in order to be recognized internationally. The market knows Indonesia from the campaigns and promotions of international institutions, including NGO groups. A campaign process that is more nuanced in Indonesia/Asia pacific needs to extract adequate information and considerations in order to produce fair and equitable results.

Sometimes international considerations do not reflect the condition of either local Indonesia or the Asia Pacific, especially the habits that need to be learned by our own group.

This promotion process takes place continuously and gradually its handling must provide local community skills in the promotion process. There are many interesting cases in Indonesia to be developed and introduced, but these social, economic and environmental dynamics still need training for Indonesia itself in its development process.

Fortunately, There have been many experts in Indonesia who have devoted their time to studying and learning the condition of Indonesia’s forests. Indonesia and Southeast Asia have such great expert potential. However, they need to be briefed and their perspectives opened in order to understand the context of this voluntary certification assessment.

It will take time for these experts to get to know the FSC system for identifying and assessing the overall condition of the forest, that is included in the certification system [Where the forests have received a lot of attention from the market.

This is a result of the consequences of the problem of culture/cultural factors and proximity to several key stakeholders who are also decision-makers in forest management in Indonesia.

FSC Indonesia’s Development will Facilitate the process of

Decision Making Process

Decision-making process that is relevant to the Indonesia-specific local case study. So far, the decision-making process has always been at the FSC International and has involved international people.

The decision-making process for forest management and assessment is important. Indonesian forest property should be more embedded with the involvement of Indonesians who understand the overall management context. The current lesson is that apart from the involvement of Indonesians themselves, they also see problems from an “external” perspective.

In fact, people who know Indonesia, in particular and specific, have not been much involved in the FSC Decision Making process.

FSC needs support from parties whose local specific experience so that they can participate and carry out the decision-making process on forestry issues that involves FSC. It takes people of high integrity to take care of the FSC itself. The decision-making process is expected to give more nuance to the experience of FSC Indonesia and provide opportunities for FSC to know more about forestry development that is in line with these specific local conditions.

Central Pool of Asia Pacific’s Resources

Resources with Indonesia Specific Persons [South East Asia People who understand the culture and background] that capture opportunities and potential experts to be empowered to support FSC Work in Indonesia.

FSC requires specialized people who know Indonesia comprehensively. There are many cases involving international parties but the function is not optimal. Due to limited resources, the research and investigation process directly involves external parties without any coordination from within [domestic] Indonesia.

These special people need to understand the intricacies of forest policy and have good relations with the government, Some forestry cases involve specific stakeholders, and a certain negotiation process that is the decision-making will represent a wide variety and range of forestry stakeholders. Therefore diversity of stakeholders is also an effort that Indonesia needs to identify and engage. Many cases related to stakeholders need to be explored and utilized within the Indonesian context.

FSC Indonesia will carry out special and specific management of stakeholders who have an interest in the development of FSC.

Maintaining this integrity will be filtered by FSC Indonesia for further discussion at FSC International. The close and comprehensive coordination function will encourage the building of the Indonesian FSC as an integral component of the FSC institution in Indonesia.

There is some potential opportunity for smallholders in Indonesia who need to be given the widest opportunity to be involved in FSC. Several occasions are of major concern. The remediation process requires the persistence of stakeholders in determining attitudes and experiences in determining tenure, Social Forestry which has developed in Indonesia needs to be harmonized with the Small Holders Principles and Criteria in the FSC. The consolidation process requires intensive input from Indonesia itself.

Support the Campaign of FSC Work

Dispute Resolution

Forest Stewardship Council for Indonesia

Reference

http://gresinstitute.org/2022/07/22/community-based-monitoring/

http://gresinstitute.org/2022/07/19/fsc-bogor-discussion/

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