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Policy Innovation

Developing policy innovations for the sustainable management Indonesia's natural resources and agricultural production systems requires creating new policy instruments for improving the productivity and sustainability of these industries. Policy innovations may suggest alternative modes of production for achieving the same goal, for instance replacing fishing with aquaculture. An ideal innovation will also improve equity such as including smallholders or recognizing the rights of indigenous people.

Although INOBU may be unable to directly produce technology that benefits smallholders, fishers and forest dependent people, INOBU may be able to facilitate the institutional arrangements where these people can gain access to important technology and credit. These institutional arrangements will involve connecting smallholders and fishers with businesses, technology research institutions along with the finance to pay for them which will enable them to increase the value of their commodities and enter sustainable commodity markets.

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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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