People Director Iman Santoso

Iman Santoso is currently the Senior Terrestrial Policy Adviser for Conservation International. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Insitut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) majoring in forestry and obtained a Master of Forestry from Michigan State University. Prior to working with Conservation International, he had worked with the Ministry of Forestry since 1979. His publications focus on forest zoning, land use and forest management. In his long career with the ministry, he served as head of several divisions before becoming the Director of Social, Economic and Forest Policy for the Forest Research and Development Agency (FORDA) in 2007 and the Director of Forest Utilization Planning in 2009. He was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) until 2013. Before he retired from the Ministry of Forestry, Iman was the Director General of FORDA and Director General of Forest Production Development.

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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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