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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 11:15 WIB
Author: [Indonesia]
Satrio Wicaksono

JAKARTA, – For the first time Social Forestry is explicitly regulated in a Law (UU). The Job Creation Law is a tangible manifestation of job creation for all people in Indonesia, especially those in forest areas and around forest areas, and how justice must continue to be encouraged in a real law.

In the “Talking on Law: Overcoming Multi-Interpretation Gaps with the theme Social Forests for Employment and Justice” organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bambang Hendroyono,
emphasized that the regulation of social forestry in the Job Creation Law is a tangible manifestation of justice to society and creating jobs.

“Social Forestry is a sustainable forest management system implemented in state forest areas or private / customary forests implemented by local communities to improve their welfare, maintain environmental balance and socio-cultural dynamics. Social forestry is also an alternative solution to various acute and chronic forest problems. Through the Job Creation Law, the communities around the forest can work with clear legal protection, “said Bambang Hendroyono.

Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Commission IV, Dedi Mulyadi explained that culturally, Social Forestry was formed during the British and Dutch colonial times. The main objective is to protect forest areas that are not allowed to be touched by the community, which must be preserved, but the community’s economy must remain alive. Currently, the government has full authorization in determining the direction of forest resource management.

Dedi hopes that managers in the forestry sector can place forests not only as a source of public economy but also as a source of public spirituality.

“In the process of developing forests as an economic boost, it is necessary to apply the principles to the community that the economy is not the wood, the economy is not the branch, but the economy is the preservation,” said Dedi.

Director General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships, Bambang Supriyanto explained that the Social Forestry program is not only for distribution of access, but also accompanied by policies for economic equality through mentoring programs to increase community capacity and support access, capital and markets.

“Data on the achievements of the social forestry business group (KUPS) from 2016 to 2020 have continued to increase. The number of KUPS until June 2020 was recorded at 7,311 KUPS and there are more than two million workers in the Social Forestry sector, “explained Bambang Supriyanto.

“The inclusion of social forestry into the Job Creation Law will further strengthen the management of Social Forestry in relation to job creation, poverty reduction and improvement of community welfare”, he added.

As clear examples, the Social Forestry program has had a very good impact on the community, namely the products of forest farmers, honey, eucalyptus oil, red ginger, which were products of forest farmers that were in demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prof. San Afri Awang who was present at the occasion emphasized that the inclusion of Social Forestry in the Job Creation Law, shows that the state is present for the community. Therefore, social forestry must be placed at the center because it contains three things, namely ecology, economy and welfare.

“Social forestry is strategic and important. For this reason it needs to be strengthened in a Government Regulation as a follow-up to the Job Creation Law. Government regulations related to social forestry must be able to regulate with good governance all forms of social forestry initiated by KLHK and initiated by the community as stated. in the definition of social forestry, ”said Prof. San Afri.

“The government needs to involve the community in creating program initiatives. Don’t forget, social forestry has an obligation to plant wood. Whoever holds the permit, make sure they also plant wood, “he said.

The Job Creation Law is very pro-society and promotes restorative justice. Law enforcement for environmental destroyers is also clearer, more assertive and more measurable. To that end, this Law needs to be conveyed properly to the public so that it can be implemented as the goal of realizing an advanced Indonesia.