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Governance, Policies, and Institutions

The way that commodities are cultivated, harvested or extracted are shaped by governance processes. Governance, which involves formal, informal, market and customary means of governing, shapes how and who can benefit from resources and how the environment is affected by the production of commodities.  Governance involves multiple levels: from global processes such as commodity markets and supply chains, to national laws and regulations, local government and customary institutions. In some cases, it may be easy to identify the rules regulating the use of resources and production of commodities. In other cases, laws and regulations designed for other sectors, such as mining, may affect the sustainability of other sectors, such as agriculture. At INOBU, we specialise in studying these complex problems of governance, and provide policy recommendations that improve the environmental sustainability and equitability of the use of natural resources and the production of commodities.

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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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