The workshop will be focused on the issue of forest reform implementation in Indonesia which currently being concerned by many stakeholders both in National and Sub-National level. Most of forest dependent community are expected to have better livelihood option and economic benefit when they decided to joint the social forestry scheme, but until recently, the central government has paid attention on issuing license of social forestry scheme (HKm, HD, HTR, Kemitraan and Hutan Adat) in order to achieve the target of 5million hectare of forest land to be distributed to the community until year of 2019. Currently, the government is targeting to farmer group who do not have license yet. Meanwhile, farmers who have license is the one who perceived tenure security, and they actually expected to fall in of the radar of discussion nationally. Unfortunately that is still far from expectation because the current implementation has not yet focus on that part of securing livelihood. Based on the GCS-Tenure finding, the forest tenure reform implementation has faced some constraints and challenges to obtain significant livelihood improvement. Some of the key issues are included lack of support on getting access to financing mechanism, lack of technical assistant and capacity building for the farmer group. In addition, the implementing agency and the existence of Working Group for accelerating the forest reform at the province level has not yet fully functioning on the ground. Success story of the implementation of this reform post-license has been found at the community level in certain area in Indonesia, e.g. Lampung.
The questions that will be discussed among the stakeholders are: What are key constraints and challenges affecting the implementation of social forestry scheme post-license? What is gaps that caused the implementation on the ground is very slow? Who are the key actors should be involved? What are they roles? What has been done so far?
This national workshop, which will be opened by the Director General of Social Forestry and Environment Partnership, will bring together national and sub-national level actors who are involve in various part of forest reform implementation including:
- National level actor that has a mandate for business development for social forestry and customary forest (BUPSHA), financial resources (Public Service Agency or BLU), technical support for farmer groups on business development (The extension Agency and Human Resource Development or BP2SDM).
- Sub national level actor (local government and NGO) that has been succeeded to support forest reform implementation post-license
- Local level actor (farmer) to talk about what farmers group experienced and when they wanted to see changes. They expectation, they experienced, and how thing can be improved from there.