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By Happy Tarumadevyanto – Stakeholder Engagement, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, SFM Auditor for Voluntarily Scheme Certification

How the Partnership can be directly proportional to contribute to sustainability? Partnership and sustainability efforts are often being discoursed because they need adequate cooperation to establish a harmonized partnership so that sustainability can be realized. 

In order to carry out sustainability, adequate partnerships are needed so that sustainability is achieved. For example in community forest management, the community needs to partner with any party to develop Social Forestry which has social, environmental, and economic values. Social Forestry which has a real impact on the improvement of rural communities around the forest will be more visible if they have sufficient capacity to market their products.

Many partnership activities are mutually supportive and aim to create mutually beneficial cooperation for both parties. In terms of sustainable natural resource management, for example, partnerships among stakeholders require intensive communication between parties to one another to create mutually constructive synergies.

Various aspects of life in this world require synergetic cooperation by prioritizing common interests so those common goals can be realized. 

The partnership is one strategy that is carried out by two parties or more within a certain period of time to gain mutual benefits with the principle of mutual understanding and mutual support. A good partnership includes determining issues of current and future use of natural resources. 
Partnership by involving actors at various levels and various institutions is the key to the success of landscape preservation in a particular location.

A sample of Forest Restoration Ecosystem

One example of a partnership program in ecosystem restoration in Indonesia, in its operation, it is appropriate to invite various parties to start working together in the framework of saving the Sumatran Ecosystem.

Business Strategy in the Forest Partnership  

Business strategies being carried out in partnerships include aspects that are believed to provide tangible and intangible benefits in natural resource management. Following are tangible benefits of promoting partnership in the Forestry Sector:

  • Developing knowledge on how the strategic efforts in the forestry sector toward mutual benefits partnership
  • Skills in resources management particularly in the Forestry Sector evolves toward better and continuous improvement. 

At least, the code of business conduct should promote environmentally friendly actions within the frame of sustainable management and encourage improvements in natural resource governance.

The partnership being built reflects activities that support each other, work hand in hand, and encourage the acceleration of the expected results. Partnerships or cooperation provide mutual benefits, for example by encouraging local communities in sustainable natural resource management.

The concept of partnerships is formalized and listed

in Government Regulation of The Republic of Indonesia Number 44 of 1997

That to further accelerate the realization of the national economy  independent and reliable as a joint effort on the principle of kinship is needed more tangible efforts to create a capable climate; stimulate the implementation of a strong business partnership among all actors of economic life based on mutual need, mutual need strengthening, and mutual benefit;

A partnership is a cooperation between small businesses and businesses medium or large businesses accompanied by coaching and sustainable development by either medium enterprises or large businesses with due regard to principles of mutual need, mutual reinforcement, and mutual benefit.

Partnership as A Tool toward Sustainability

The Partnership has the same path and goal as sustainability, it may be directly aligned. Some of the partnership activities carried out in the past are related to what is happening now. Partnerships in natural resource management, especially forest management, generate mutual agreement, and mutual understanding of the importance of pursuing the path to Sustainable Resources Management.

The habit of partnership and the spirit of partnership are usually developed since we received education in higher education. At that time, the attitude and ethics of entrepreneurship were learned and studied together as a capital for socialization. Partnering is closely related to our ability to work with teams [teamwork] and understand each other between members in partnership. Partnering means trying to understand each other in the context of the collaboration being carried out.

However, there are also types of “partnerships” that are not aligned and even lead to disharmony. What kind of these partnerships? Can we still call these “partnerships”? 

See also Organizational Ethics and what this links to Sustainability

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Partnership is the key to successful natural resource management. Actors at the multi-scale, field or practitioner level, at the national and international levels, either individually or in groups, as government, non-government or private, determine the issue of current and future use of natural resources.

That is the conclusion of the panel discussion “Partnership in Sustainable Landscape Management in South Sumatra as a Model for Climate Action” which was held at the Indonesian Pavilion in the Climate Change Conference (COP25 Madrid) on Thursday, December 5, 2019 hosted by Soeryo Adiwibowo, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Forestry


Partnerships, to mobilize the means and means necessary to implement this Agenda through a global partnership for stronger sustainable development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and every one. SDG Bappenas 

Sample of research that was carried out with the aim of 1) identify forms of community participation in ecotourism activities in Hukurila Country,
Mount Sirimau Protected Forest Area, 2) Analyze stakeholder engagement with the community in building partnerships for the development of ecotourism in Hukurila Country.