About Our History

Our History

Institut Penelitian Inovasi Bumi (INOBU) was registered as an Indonesian, non-profit research institute in 2015. INOBU grew out of Earth Innovation Institute’s (EII) Indonesia program and works closely with EII. Since 2012, EII has been working in Indonesia. First, under the name of IPAM International Program, and then later under the name Earth Innovation Institute, activities have been conducted in Indonesia mainly through the Norad funded Forests, Farms and Finance Initiative. In Central Kalimantan, working with the provincial governor and several district heads, we facilitated the creation of the provincial roadmap to low deforestation development, designed a pilot plantation monitoring system and initiated the process for certifying several districts. In West Papua, we supported the provincial government to recognize the land rights of indigenous communities and promote low emission rural development. Since 2015, INOBU, has been the Indonesian coordinator for the Governors Climate and Forest task force. We are responsible for coordinating the activities of the six, Indonesian provincial governments involved in the GCF to promote low emission rural development in their jurisdictions.

Throughout the year, we host many events, some of which are open to the general public.

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The New Local Government Law

In September 2014, the Indonesian government enacted the new Local Government Law, Law No. 23/2014 that replaced the old Local Government Law, Law No. 32/2004. Although it recentralizes some authority back to the central level, the new law provides clearer guidance related to the distribution of governmental functions between the central and local governments. This article summarizes the legal analysis of the old and new Local Government Laws. Specifically, this article will analyze the shift of authority and distribution of governmental functions among the central, provincial, and district governments, especially with regards to land-based sectors, including forestry, land, agriculture, and spatial planning.

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How can REDD+ protect the rights of West Papuans and the environment?

The Indonesian central government recently announced economic development as a national priority in West Papua. With commercial interests set to expand, there is an urgent need to implement land-use management systems that safeguard the welfare and rights of indigenous people and their natural environment in the province.

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Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers, Forest Conservation and Climate Change

Intergovernmental fiscal transfers (IFTs) are an innovative way to create incentives for local public actors to support conservation. This book contributes to the debate about how to conserve tropical forests by implementing mechanisms for reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

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