This project involves a study of Forest Management Units (Kesatuan Pengelolaan Hutan [KPH]) in Indonesia, with a focus on the KPH of Wae Apu.
The development of KPHs has been one of the top priorities of the forestry sector in Indonesia, as mandated by Law 31 of 1999 on Forestry, and the Government of Indonesia’s National Medium-Term Development Plan.
KPHs are the Central Government’s articulation of decentralization of forest governance. The strategic goals are to drive local economic development through the redistribution of forest use and to achieve sustainable forest management, including protection and conservation.
Ultimately planned to include the entire forest zone, KPHs are prioritized in areas with local government commitments, readiness, and potential for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Thus, KPHs are expected to facilitate the opening of opportunities to support forest management goals, and are increasingly seen as a way to intensify community engagement in natural resource management, reducing tenure conflicts and supporting climate change mitigation initiatives such as REDD+.