A new report by the Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition and Forest Trends estimates that more than 30 percent of wood used by Indonesia’s industrial forest sector “stems from the unreported clear-cutting of natural forests and other illegal sources instead of legal tree plantations and well-managed logging concessions.” Krystof Obidzinski gives comment on the need for plantation wood to ensure a sustainable supply is made available to mills in Indonesia.
Kim Carstensen, director general of the Forest Stewardship Council, explains how individuals and sociological issues play a pivotal role in sustainability – and how helping their environment helps those people. He felt equally validated working with researchers from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia who studied the difference in social terms between FSC certified forests versus noncertified forests in the Congo.
A plenary discussion held at an environmental-economic summit in Jakarta called for public-private-people partnerships, or PPPP, to leverage a sustainable business model as part of Indonesia’s green economy initiatives. Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (Cifor), urged the Indonesian government to attract private investors through policies that are environmentally friendly. He pointed out that the government would have to prove that investment in sustainable and green practices was profitable and demonstrate that it could find sustainability accounts at a reasonable cost.
In regard with a conference host by a London-based think tank Innovation Forum on the subject of sustainable forestry in Washington, D.C. Titled “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” Louis Verchot comment on Forests News as a step towards the realization of “synergies” between sectors, and the creation of action plans by governments that go beyond the purview of forestry and environment ministries.
The industry of palm oil, is facing new challenges due to unrest in key producing regions. That include the rampant, and often illegal, clearing of land has also affected small landholders and is increasingly causing tension between the Indonesian government and the administrations that run the country’s provinces. David Gaveau, a scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research, said: “The central government is now trying to pull back that power and recentralise things. They realised it all went too far. It’s uncertain which way things will go, but there’s certainly a lot of tension around it.
Kondisi menyedihkan juga bisa dilihat di lahan gambut, salah satu wilayah yang menyimpan banyak stok karbon. Banyak lahan gambut kini rusak. Kubah gambut rusak karena dipakai untuk area perkebunan. Penelitian Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)mengungkap fakta menyedihkan. Akumulasi karbon di wilayah gambut Indonesia membutuhkan waktu hingga 11.000 tahun, sementara pelepasan karbonnya berlangsung sangat cepat.
In “Palms Of Controversies: Oil Palm And Development Challenges”, authors Alain Rival and Patrice Levang examine this strange dichotomy. Using facts and field experience, they study common conceptions about the oil palm, examining both its strengths and weaknesses as they analyse its history and future. “What is really happening?” the authors ask. “Is palm oil a driver of development, as the companies claim, or the harbinger of increasing poverty, as NGOs claim?
CIFOR principal scientist Dr. Esther Mwangi is part of the global expert group contributing to UNEP’s Global Gender Environment Outlook (GGEO). The writing process kicked off with a writeshop organized by UNEP in New York in March 2015. One of the outcomes of the GGEO writeshop is the following OpEd, authored by Joni Seager, Deepa Joshi and Rebecka Pearl-Martinez from the GGEO expert group. To access the OpEd and to learn more about the GGEO – described by the blog authors as “… the first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment of gender issues in relation to the environment and sustainability”