23-25 April 2018 - Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Day 2 - Tuesday, 24 April 2018    09:30 - 12:30   

Venue: Arjuna, Gatotkaca, Abimanyu

Community Forestry I: Policy

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Government plays a key role in establishing land and forest tenure laws and in supporting related access, rights and use. This can lead to resource protection and set incentives for inventors to promote the growth of sustainable small and medium enterprise.

Government can create a foundation for social forestry, which can help people, especially those living in and around forest areas, gain access to forests, utilize forest resources and resolve conflicts. Conceptually, social forestry represents a major shift in increasing access and rights for communities to improve community welfare and to close the gap between forestry companies and communities, which can lead to sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation. But the challenges for the development of communities living in and around forested areas remain to be resolved, including fully exploring potential areas for productivity development, reducing economic vulnerability, accessibility to industries and markets, protecting resources and balancing the ecosystem.

The Indonesian government is committed to redistributing 12.7 million hectares of forested lands through community forests, customary forests, private forests, community forest plantations and village forests.


The parallel discussion on the subtheme “Community Forestry” at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS) will discuss:

  1. Enhancing access of local communities to forest land resources
  2. Social forestry, community-based wood production and inclusive business models
  3. Economic opportunities from community forest management
  4. Women’s rights and gender in forestry
  5. Promotion of sound land-use planning and clarifying tenure and use rights

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes of the “Community Forestry” parallel discussion are:

  1. Exchange of knowledge and information on community forestry management
  2. Improved economic opportunities from community businesses
  3. Recommendations on how to increase benefits and women’s rights, and how to tackle challenges associated with social forestry
  4. A commitment to take real action to promote land-use planning and tenure and use rights


9:30 - 9:35

Setting the scene

  • Bambang Supriyanto. Director General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership. Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
9:35- 9:43

Overview of Social Forestry in Indonesia (Policy and practices)

  • Herudojo Tjiptono. Director of Business Development for Social Forestry and Customary Forest of the Directorate General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry
9:43- 9:51

National policy for enhancing Social Forestry access and Forest Management Unit (FMU) support

  • Kustanta B.P. Directorate General of Forestry Planning and Environmental Governance, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
9:51 - 9:59

Strategy of FMU development for support Social Forestry (welfare, social and ecology aspect)

  • Hamzah. Berau Barat Forest Management Unit
9:59 - 10:07

Women’s rights and gender in social forestry in Indonesia

10:07 - 10:15

Updated Research and Study on Community Forestry

  • Grahame Applegate. Associate Professor, Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
10:15 - 11:00

General Discussion, 45 minutes Q&A

11:00 - 11:05


11:05 - 11:13

Coordination, information sharing and lessons from regional approach in Social Forestry

  • Sapol Boonsermsuk. Director of International Forestry Cooperation Division, Royal Forest Department, Thailand
11:13 - 11:21

Successful land use management in Asia Pasific : Start with a landscape approach

11:21 - 11:29

Economic opportunities from community forest management

  • Sonya Dewi. Country program coordinator of Indonesia and is a senior landscape ecologist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
11:29 - 11:37

Social forestry, community-based wood production/NTFP and inclusive business models

11:37 - 12:25

Discussion, 45 minutes Q&A

12:25 - 12:30

Closing Statements


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