People Director Silvia Irawan

Silvia holds a PhD in Environmental Management & Development from the Australian National University, an M.S. in Environmental Management from the National University of Singapore, and a B.S. in Animal Husbandry from Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia. She has extensive experience in research and analysis to support rural and urban development, environmental governance and the development of financial mechanisms to support natural resources management (including REDD+). Silvia has worked with the Indonesian government as well as for international organizations and multi-lateral donors throughout Southeast Asia. She is the national coordinator for Earth Innovation Institute’s Indonesian program.

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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