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As an archipelago of some 17,000 islands nestled in the centre of the Coral Triangle, Indonesia contains some of biologically diverse marine areas in the world. From the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua to the Tukang Besi Islands in the Wakatobi Marine Park, the coral reefs of Indonesia have become international tourist attractions. The mangrove forests that cover much of the coastal areas in Indonesia not only provide habitat for marine life, but also protect coastal areas from storm surges and tsunamis. The fisheries of Indonesia are major source of protein for Indonesians and provide employment for over 6.03 million people. From the small and large scale, commercial capture fisheries, to the cultivation of seaweed and shrimp farming, fisheries and aquaculture in Indonesia are both valuable export commodities and a means of subsistence for Indonesians. At INOBU we strive to find ways that the seas, rivers, reefs and other marine ecosystems can be managed sustainably.

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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