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How commodities are produced or natural resources extracted can have various effects on nature and society. Finding solutions that are sustainable, equitable and profitable are rarely simple or easy. These solutions, however, are possible. Understanding why problems emerge and how to solve them requires examining the interplay of social, political, economic, cultural and ecological processes. At INOBU, our staff include leading Indonesian experts in the fields of environmental policy, law, economics and spatial analysis. We also maintain strong connections with universities and civil society to ensure we employ the best researchers to produce the highest quality research.

Our research is designed to inform government, civil society and communities so they can more easily understand the issues related to the management of the land and sea in Indonesia and make more informed policies and decisions. We also work with different levels of government, civil society and communities to define research topics that are important to them, and investigate them together.

As a research institute, INOBU aims to carry out innovative research to produce policy advice and develop technology for sustainable natural resources management and agricultural production systems. INOBU also focuses on training young researchers, supporting local NGOs that focus on conducting research on environment and natural resources around the country and also building networks with Indonesian and international universities. INOBU’s researchers will be trained to publish in international recognized journal publishers and will regularly publish articles in national new papers to communicate the results of the research programs.

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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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