After decades of central government control, the recent decentralization laws devolved
authority in many areas, including natural resource management, to local governments.
This article examines the initial process of decentralization in Indonesia within the
context of forestry. Preliminary analyses suggest that decentralization has profoundly
affected the course of forest resource management, though in many cases it has also
been influenced by the spirit of reformasi. Local governments, motivated both by
necessity and opportunity, attempt to generate local revenues from forest resources
without adequate consideration of the social and environmental consequences. It
appears that with decentralization, local people may only gain limited short-term
benefits from timber production.
Topic: decentralization,forest resources,income,natural resources,resource management,local government
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Publication Year: 2003
Source: Aspinall, E. and Fealy, G. (eds.) Local power and politics in Indonesia: decentralization and democratization. 230-244