Press Release : ONE YEAR MORATORIUM; COORDINATION TO IMPROVE GOVERNANCE CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN

Note: Unofficial Translation of Bahasa Indonesia Document. Original available at link below.

 

Press Release

ONE YEAR MORATORIUM: COORDINATION TO IMPROVE GOVERNANCE CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN

Jakarta, May 21 – Consummation of the management of primary natural and peatland forest in accordance with the Presidential Instruction No. 10/2011, also known as Presidential Instruction on Moratorium, steadily and confidently leads to the achievement of its main goal, which is One Mapthat integrate the entire forest and peat areas in Indonesia. One year after the signing of the Presidential Instruction, “This moratorium is effective in terms of developing the One Map. This is an achievement of extra ordinary, regarding that, in the past, various government agencies used different maps referencing the issuance of different kinds of management permits,” said Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of the Presidential Working Unit on Development Supervision and Control (UKP4), and Head of the Task Force REDD+ in front of journalists, Monday (21/5) in Jakarta.

Agencies mentioned by Kuntoro are the Ministry of Forestry, the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Land Agency, each of which has own map and various utilisation permits of peatlands and natural primary forests independently to each other. The result is overlapping licenses and chaotinc management that leads to serious land conflicts. “This is of course detrimental for the smoothness of economic and sustainable development in Indonesia,” conclude Kuntoro.

Enclosed to Presidential Instruction No. 10/2011 is an indicative moratorium map for new permits within Indonesian natural primary forests and peatlands determined by the Ministry of Forestry by the exclusion of various permits issued prior to the issuance of this Presidential Instruction. This moratorium map will be revised every 6 months to improve the accuracy of the map – resulting in addition or reduction of areas included in the moratorium – and strengthen the coordination between the Ministries of Forestry, Agriculture, the National Land Agency, the Agency for Geospatial Information and the Task Force REDD+.

“Alteration of the areas of moratorium under each revision, including the second revision, reflects the indicative characteristic of the map, in which refining and improvement of the quality of the data and spatial information occurred at any time related to the existence of natural primary forest areas, forest with protecting and preservation function as well as peatlands obtained from different parties including individual community members, companies and ministries/agencies,” Kuntoro continued.

For example, the second revision of the moratorium map exclude among others villages situated on mineral soil areas within peat areas in Central Kalimantan’s Kapuas District and, on the other side, re-include the areas of PT. Kalista Alam of 1,605 in Tripa Peat Swamp, Province of Aceh. Several issued concessions, but without possessing any permits of the release of forest areas (remarks: for the purpose of the concessions), were re-included in the moratorium for the permits to be further analysed as a part of the improvement of the management and utilisation of forest areas.

Overall, addition of areas of 379 ,000 ha resulting from the addition of 862,000 ha and the reduction of 482,000 ha. The end product in this second revision is a total moratorium area of 65,753,810 ha.

Parallel to the improvement process of the moratorium map, the government also reorganise the registration system of permits in forest and peat areas. To achieve this, the government is in the process of developing a database for the permits.

“An accountable and transparent process of permit issuance is a very important foundation for the development of a wise and sustainable utilisation of land and forest areas. Within the validity period of this Presidential Instruction on Moratorium, we’ll fix the licensing process through the establishment of an integrated system,” said Kuntoro.

Besides, an Integrated Team for law enforcement has been established by the Task Force REDD+ involving the Attorney General, the National Police and the Ministry of Forestry, which assignment is to ensure consistent law enforcement against encroachers (especially of primary and peat forest). The recent assignment of the Integrated Team is the case of alleged violation in Tripa Peat Swamp manifested through the harmonic and intensive collaboration of the Ministries of Environment and Forestry, and the National Police. Several cases in agriculture and mining in other regions are currently in the process of intensive investigation.

The government is committed to establish a transparent, inclusive and accountable process in the management of peat and forest. Therefore, all stakeholders are invited to give inputs in the process of the revision of moratorium map through different provided media, such as normal letters, SMS or through the internet. “During each reported moratorium map, the public can directly conduct track changes and send us inquiries if there is any errors,” explained Kuntoro.

To increase responsiveness, the Task Force REDD+ will launch a Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) for the handling of public complaints related to the moratorium map.

 

For further information:

Head of the Working Group for Communication and Stakeholders Involvement

Chandra Kirana

Kirana.chandra@gmail.com

 

Siaran Pers dalam bahasa Indonesia dapat diunduh disini Press Release – Setahun Moratorium IND FINAL

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