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Perpanjangan Tanpa Penguatan, Inilah Kelemahan Inpres Moratorium Izin Hutan

Perpanjangan Tanpa Penguatan, Inilah Kelemahan Inpres Moratorium Izin Hutan

Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi), pada Rabu, 13 Mei 2015 baru menandatangani Instruksi Presiden (Inpres) No. 8 Tahun 2015 Tentang Penundaan Izin Baru dan Penyempurnaan Tata Kelola Hutan Alam Primer dan Lahan Gambut.  Daniel Murdiyarso dari Center for International Forestry Research (Cifor)  mengatakan, tak ada penguatan, malah kementerian kunci yang dilibatkan dalam inpres baru ini makin sedikit. “Tidak ada Kementerian Pertanian, Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral dan Kementerian Pekerjaan Umum. Efektivitas sangat tergantung Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan,” katanya, di Jakarta.


Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea ‘gold’

Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea ‘gold’

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre are helping local government and communities improve degraded forest by planting native species in Cassou village, Burkina Faso. Michael Balinga, a landscape ecologist with CIFOR, said around 450 hectares (1,112 acres) of the Cassou forest have become highly degraded due to demand for farm land and fuel wood.


Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea “gold”

Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea “gold”

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre are helping local government and communities improve degraded forest by planting native species in Cassou village, Burkina Faso. Michael Balinga, a landscape ecologist with CIFOR, said around 450 hectares (1,112 acres) of the Cassou forest have become highly degraded due to demand for farm land and fuel wood.


Satellite images show deforestation on fringes of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cameroon

Satellite images show deforestation on fringes of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cameroon

In its push to become a middle-income country in the next two decades, Cameroon has courted investments in its vast natural resource wealth in the form of mining, logging and large-scale agriculture. Satellite images obtained show deforestation of more than 3,100 hectares between 2011 and 2014 on the periphery of the Dja Faunal Reserve. CIFOR’s investigation of the Sud Hevea Cameroun plantation uncovered worries on the part of UNESCO inspectors, who called the development “a new, serious and specific hazard” to the Dja Faunal Reserve. The UNESCO inspection team reported that they tried to visit the site, but they were refused access for security reasons.


Indonesia Comes Up Short in $1 Billion Bid to Save Forests

Indonesia Comes Up Short in $1 Billion Bid to Save Forests

Indonesia forest moratorium is renewed, but progress in saving trees and slowing carbon emissions has been slow. The moratorium, never intended as a comprehensive solution to the problem, hasn’t rolled back deforestation since it was implemented in 2011 under a deal with Norway, which promised to pay $1 billion if Indonesia took action to protect its dwindling forests. Norway had better luck with a similar fund to help the world’s top forest economy, Brazil, reduce its deforestation rate, which fell 76% between 2004 and 2012. But Brazil was already on its way to doing so before Norway offered funding, forestry researchers say. “Norway helped them accelerate what they were already undertaking,” said Louis Verchot, director of forests and environment research at the Center for International Forestry Research, an environmental-research center with headquarters in Indonesia.


Kenya: Nyandarua Farmers Reap From Nature Protection

Kenya: Nyandarua Farmers Reap From Nature Protection

Farmers in the Nyandarua county have suffered major losses due to the rampant soil erosion. However, this is set to change, thanks to a new methodology — Payment for Environmental Services — which addresses issues of soil erosion. Some farmers have already started reaping the benefits of this initiative. According to the Center for International Forestry Research, PES concept has garnered substantial international interest as a cost-effective means to improve environmental management and improve livelihoods by rewarding people for their efforts in providing ecosystem services, such as watershed protection or soil stabilisation.


Indonesia’s Biofuels Push

Indonesia’s Biofuels Push

Indonesia regulation on biofuels subsidies are only the latest in what has become a vast system of aid for palm oil. These subsidies have the effect of distorting the market by making it easier to plant palm oil and destroy forests. “There is increasingly more pressure from environmental groups in sensitive markets, which is pressuring companies,” said Krystof Obidzinski, a palm oil expert with the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research. “Some of these markers are becoming uncertain for CPO.”


Corruption and REDD in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Corruption and REDD in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Samuel Assembe-Mvondo, a climate policy scientist with CIFOR notes that, “A large amount of work has been done to try to mitigate corruption in REDD+, but risks remain.” His study found four types of corruption related to REDD implementation in DRC (outlined in detail below).



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