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From the target of 12.7 million hectares of social forestry allocated by the government, as of September 2020, 4.2 million hectares have been handed over to the community to be managed.

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Published on Tuesday, 3 November 2020 11:45 WIB


The social forestry program in the context of community economic empowerment has been implemented by the government for six years. From the target of 12.7 million hectares of social forestry allocated by the government, as of September 2020, 4.2 million hectares have been handed over to the community to be managed.

When giving directions in a closed meeting to discuss the topic, President Joko Widodo asked his staff to complete the social forestry target. The meeting was held virtually via video conference from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

“We still have enough left over for us to finish in the next four years, which is still more or less 8 million (hectares). This means that there was indeed a large accumulative increase in the first five years, but there are still more than 8 million hectares that we need to complete, “said the President.

The President also reminded that social forestry is not just a matter of granting permits or issuing Decrees (SK) to the community. What is more important than that, said the President, is assistance for follow-up programs so that communities around the forest have the ability to manage the SK that has been given.

“Namely, to enter into the social forestry business aspects, which are not only agroforestry but also ecotourism business, agrosilvopastoral business, bioenergy business, non-timber forest products business, there are a lot of them, community timber industry business. Everything is actually productive, it can provide welfare, but once again this assistance is very much needed, ”he explained.

The Head of State reminded that the assistance must be integrated, starting after the decree was given, preparing production facilities and infrastructure, to training. The President believes, if this is done, the social forestry business group (KUPS) will develop well.

“But once again, we have to focus on this side of work and I hope this year, next year, we can really find out how many KUPS (Social Forestry Business Group) that we can use as an example for benchmarking for other groups. “He said.

For information, quoting the official website of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, social forestry is a system of sustainable forest management implemented in state forest areas or private / customary forests implemented by local communities to improve their welfare, environmental balance, and socio-cultural dynamics.

(BPMI Setpres)