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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. 

The EU REDD Facility is working together with a local NGO called INOBU to develop a jurisdictional land-use management system to define, monitor and encourage sustainable rural development. West Papua is governed autonomously, and the project presents an opportunity to develop a provincial-level performance mechanism that is based on local conditions and needs, including those of indigenous communities.

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When the Indonesian Smoke Clears

As the monsoonal rains set in and the forest fires around western Indonesia begin to dissipate, we ask ourselves: how can we prevent such a massive outbreak of fires from happening again? As much as we would like to blame someone for the fires, the answers in reality are never that easy. Preventing and controlling forest and peat fires in Indonesia will require myriad collective efforts involving local governments, companies and smallholder communities.

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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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