For the first time in history, Indonesia's Economic Affairs Coordinating Ministry appointed a non-governmental organization, WWF Indonesia, as a project management office to push through agrarian reforms. (JG Photo/Tabita)

WWF to Assist Jokowi's Agrarian Reform


OCTOBER 19, 2017

Jakarta. Indonesia's Economic Affairs Coordinating Ministry on Thursday (19/10) appointed conservation group World Wildlife Fund to be the project management office in charge of setting up a joint secretariat to push through with the government's agrarian reform.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced his administration's agrarian reform plans earlier this year, aimed at closing economic gaps in the country by redistributing land to landless farmers and victims of natural disasters. The reforms' ultimate goal, according to the government, was increasing productivity of low-income earners.

"The project management office (PMO) will become a facilitator between stakeholders in the agrarian reform, a machine to propel the program," Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo, the secretary of the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, said in a press briefing.

According to Lukita, the PMO will keep communication going between the Environment and Forestry Ministry, Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Ministry, Agriculture Ministry, State-Owned Enterprises Ministry and Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry to monitor progress on the agrarian reform, including land certification and idle land redistribution.

"This cooperation is important to improve governance and make social forestry a reality," Rizal Malik, WWF Indonesia chief executive, said.

Indonesia's social forestry scheme, known as IPHPS in an Environment and Forestry Ministry decree, allows landless farmers to gain profit from degraded forests.

The government has targeted nine million hectares of land throughout the archipelago to be managed under agrarian reform programs.

The contract between WWF Indonesia and the Economic Affairs Coordinating Ministry will last two years but Rizal said the contract can be either renewed or ended earlier if the reform was completed before the deadline.