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Imagine a district or a province in Indonesia where every commodity is produced without causing deforestation or destroying important ecosystems. Commodity producers in the district or province are highly productive contributing to the welfare of all residents of the district. Indigenous and local communities in the district have their rights acknowledged and violations of those rights are severely penalized.
We believe that every region in Indonesia can achieve this vision, by making the transition from their current practices and becoming a sustainable jurisdiction. The transition towards sustainability is not a straightforward path. Many challenges limit the progress including limited authority of local governments, issues with the regulations, limited capacity and resources of commodity producers. Inobu helps map out the challenges encountered by local governments and commodity producers to make the transition and propose for solutions – regulatory, technology and practices among others. We test the proposed solutions together with the stakeholders and refine them over time. We share the lessons with the national government and other civil society partners who also are working with local governments for replication.
We believe that governments have the mandate, power and (some) resources to address large-scale, systemic problems to achieve healthy landscapes and seascapes for the benefit of nature and society. They will only strive to achieve this vision, however, when they are pressured by their constituents and civil society. Farmers and local communities, in turn, will only pressure governments when they understand the benefits of healthy ecosystems for their lives and livelihoods, and have the knowledge and capacity to organize and engage with local governments.