Following meeting series between forestry experts at the Forest for Life Indonesia (FFLI) with FORCLIME on current issues related to forestry development in Indonesia, FORCLIME in collaboration with the Forest for Life Indonesia conducted a webinar on Forestry Development following the Omnibus law on job creation (UUCK) on April 10, 2021 in Bogor, West Java. The event, which was held online and offline, was moderated by FORCLIME's strategic area manager for forest policy and climate change, Wandojo Siswanto. The event was attended by 187 participants representing academics, NGOs, university students, development partners, provincial governments, central government, and the private sector.
Prof. Haryadi Kartodihardjo from the Forest for Life Indonesia (FFLI) conveyed the strategic implications of the Omnibus Law (UUCK) on licensing, community aspects, and strengthening forest management institutions outside Java through Forest Management Units (KPH). Additionally, he explained the implications of UUCK for forest management in Java (Perhutani). Then continued with explanation from Prof. San Afri Awang about the Government Regulation on Forestry Implementation (PP. 23/2021) related to the Social Forestry interventions, which are very important in Indonesia, both in Java and outside Java. One of the polemics of the issuance of UUCK against FMUs is the loss of KPH's main duties and functions to develop business. However, FMUs can still create partnerships, as outlined on articles of 204, 205, 213 of the PP 23/2021.
Furthermore, Dr. Iman Santoso, a representative from the Indonesian Forest Concession Holders Association (APHI), explained the comparisons before UUCK and post UUCK, where the existence of UUCK and its derivatives actually made forestry implementation really use a landscape approach, which under the UUCK on one landscape, one permit is sufficient for multi-entrepreneurs, additionally, is considered very profitable, easy, and cheap, with the intention to create more jobs as possible.
The last resource person, Ir. Madani Mukarom, a representative from the KPH Association conveyed the implication of UUCK is reducing the total number of KPHs because KPHs are considered as a cost-centre. In addition, human resources will also be reduced because the task has been limited to facilitation only. Moreover, the KPHs have to revise their management plan (RPHJP), because there are no independent business efforts from KPHs. Additionally, there will be no regional budget revenues (PAD) for KPHs. Apart from the implications of the UUCK, Ir. Madani also highlighted the changes of KPH's main tasks and functions on the previous government regulation compared to the PP 23/2021.
On the last session, Dr. Agus Djoko Ismanto conveyed the taken notes during the webinar that will be formulated into a policy brief. This webinar is the first series of events related to forestry development after the Omnibus Law enacted.
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Wandojo Siswanto, Strategic area manager for forest policy and climate change