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Forest and land governance refer to the processes, mechanisms, rules and institutions, regarding how forests and land are managed. Currently, the forest and land management system in Indonesia is decentralized. The authority of the central government is no longer absolute, however, it is distributed to the provincial government and district or city governments. This authority covers the aspects of spatial planning, granting permits related to land concessions, environmental conservation efforts, and budgeting for environmental management.

The decentralization of forest and land management authority is not without problems. Many problems arise as a result of this distribution of authority, which reflects that forest and land governance is still poor. The most frequently encountered problem is overlapping regulations or unclear rules. Then there’s the lack of technical skills and accurate maps. Then, there is the issue of unclear land ownership. Lack of transparency and public participation is also a problem.

With a passion for justice between the elements of nature and generations, Kaoem Telapak is committed to giving its best contribution, so that forest and land governance in Indonesia is getting better. This commitment is manifested in campaigning against the rate of deforestation, encouraging the birth of the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) and overseeing the revision process in 2021, and watching the publication of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO).

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