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Planning the Implementation of Agrarian Reform Acceleration and Conservation Area Legalization Ketapang District

Planning the implementation of agrarian reform acceleration and conservation area legalization, the Ketapang district government asks privates sector to be actively involved

(December 4th, 2017) Bogor, Indonesia – As a consequence of shortcomings in the implementation of the agrarian reform policy, Joko Widodo, the President of Indonesia, has stressed a national agenda of acceleration and prioritization for the policy. He has highlighted the need for policy and implementation support from all parties, including local governments. In response, the Ketapang district government has confirmed it is ready to support and implement this acceleration agenda to achieve the policy’s principal target; economic equity for all people, especially those in rural areas.

The priorities of the agrarian reform policy include land tenure and land objects for agrarian reform (TORA) or redistribution and land legalization, as well as the strengthening of regulation framework and agrarian conflict resolution. How these can be technically implemented and harmonized with regional development planning needs to be explored further, as does the possible involvement of private sector companies, such as those in oil palm development, to solve legal problems and land conflicts.

To discuss these key issues and to ensure the policy is understood by all stakeholders, the Ketapang District government, together with Aidenvironment Asia – an independent environmental and social sustainability consultancy – is organizing a “Workshop on Legalization of Conservation Areas and Acceleration of Agrarian Reform in Ketapang District.”

The workshop, which will be held at Hotel Zest, Bogor, on December 5-6, 2017, is a continuation of our collaborative landscape work in Ketapang District. The meeting will include representatives from The Ministry of Environment and Forestry and The Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning, from various offices in the Ketapang district. It will also include representatives from twelve plantation / forestry concession companies, as well as NGOs.

                     The importance of land legalization, provision of forest management rights and

                      management of conservation areas to the community

Mahyuddin, Head of Bappeda of Ketapang District explains. “Sources from the Ministries can guide us on policy implementation and advise us on the role of local government, private companies and communities in its management. Because the Ketapang district is committed to sustainable and applicable industrial development at village level”.

This is a good opportunity for the active participation of the private sector, especially palm oil plantation companies, to accelerate agrarian reform in Ketapang District. Data released by the local government of Ketapang shows 18% of the area of Ketapang District is covered by oil palm plantations. Most of these oil palm plantations are committed to NDPE (No Deforestation, Peat and Exploitation) policies that support sustainable development, and balancing economic activities with social and environmental needs. Conversely, social forests cover just 14% of the area.

“In the current conditions, where in many cases oil palm plantations are located inside forest areas, and there are land conflicts and legal issues, the end result is economic inequality, especially for communities around forest areas” Adriani, Director of Aidenvironment Asia explained. “We want to harmonize and encourage the parties to work together to create business models that are in line with village needs and communities’ potential”, he added.

The legality and legalization of lands, both productive and protected, is key to successful management of natural resources and landscapes. With legal certainty, land conflicts can be avoided and public access to natural resources and land is assured. With access to land, the economic potential of a region can be increased and communities allowed to prosper.

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About Sustainable Management Landscape Program Aidenvironment Asia in West Kalimantan:

Aidenvironment has been working for a long time in the landscape of West Kalimantan, working with various parties to promote sustainability through research and mentoring. Currently the West Kalimantan Provincial Government, together with Aidenvironment and with the support of IDH The Sustainable Trade Iniative to begin implementing a sustainable landscape management program. Marked by the signing of MoU between West Kalimantan Provincial Government, Ketapang District Government, IDH, Aidenvironment and Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA) in January 2017. MoU has also been conducted between the Ketapang District Planning Board with Aidenvironment for landscape development activities and integration into Regional Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMD 2017 – 2021).

For more information, please contact Ivan Valentina Ageung (Project Coordinator Landscape Program) or Adriani (Director Aidenvironment Asia)