Jakarta. Indonesia has presented progress reports on the implementation of its social forestry program for landless farmers at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration has set a target of 12.7 million hectares to be allocated for social forestry by 2019.
"Social forestry programs are designed to increase the welfare of communities in and around forests," Prabianto Mukti Wibowo of the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy said in a statement on Wednesday (08/11).
According to Erna Rosdiana, social forestry director at the Ministry of Forestry, 1.087 million hectares have already been distributed among 267,165 households of forest communities.
She added that those who obtained permits for using the land must do it in accordance with the standards of sustainable forest management.
"Social forestry is not just about distributing land, it must be in line with the principles of sustainable forest management," she said.