From the 4th until the 8th of September FORCLIME in cooperation with the University of Indonesia facilitated an exchange between senior members of the Indonesian parliament, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, BAPPENAS and the district governments of Berau (East Kalimantan), Kapuas Hulu (West Kalimantan) and Sigi (Central Sulawesi) with senior Indian experts in Dehradhun and New Delhi. The 17-person delegation spoke to the stakeholders involved in the 14th Financial Commission on the land mark decision to include forest cover in the devolution formula specifying how much domestic funds are transferred from central level to state level. Through this decision putting more weight on forest conservation within this financial transfer mechanism an estimated six billion US dollars are being transfers yearly to local level as unconditional funds based on the performance of states in forest conservation.
For more information, please contact:
Georg Buchholz, FORCLIME Programme Director