Fighting for ecological justice

Vaporizing with the Vanishing Forest; Reviewing EU’s Development Fund For Indonesia’s Forestry Sector

In 2002, for the first time, the European Union outlined its assistance to Indonesia in a joint strategy document called the Country Strategy Paper (CSP). The CSP, developed jointly by the two governments, includes an analysis of conditions and problems in Indonesia in various priority sectors for cooperation.

However, the five-year CSP needed to be more transparent and participative. Minimal public consultation took place during the preparation of the CSP, including in selecting collaborative projects. Worse, monitoring of use and grants was not carried out properly, especially by the Indonesian government, because the state budget did not record these funds.

The need for more transparency and information regarding these projects available to the public means that the public or civil society can hardly play a role in monitoring and providing input in implementing these forestry cooperation projects. Transparency is also why many EU and Indonesian cooperation projects in the forestry sector are under public scrutiny. The results could be more satisfactory and commensurate with the costs and resources spent.

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