On 5-6 May 2014, the Forest Asia Summit was held in Hotel Shangri-La, Jakarta joined by over 2,200 participants from public and private sector officials and top experts. The biggest event on Asia forestry dialogue was officially opened by President of Republic of Indonesia Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The event also held by dignitaries and experts on forest from many countries and leaders from green business sector.
In his speech President Yudhoyono conveyed his administration achievement on promoting moratorium of new utilization and conversion licenses to protect more than 63 million hectares of primary forests and peat lands. This is an area larger than the landmass of Malaysia and the Philippines combined. In 2013, he extended the moratorium policy until 2015. Considering his term will end in 2014, he expects his successor can prolong this moratorium. This initiative therefore will lower Indonesian deforestation rate from 1.2 million hectares per year between 2003 and 2006, into 450,000 to 600,000 hectares per year during the moratorium period in 2011 until 2013. And therefore, managed to reduce 211 million tons of CO2 equivalent per year from the business as usual projection.
The meeting was successful to facilitate dialogue and discussion among forestry stakeholders in the region. The Organizing committee also provides a platform that enable participant and non-participants to involve in discussion post summit meting. With 120 speakers and 30 sessions, the Summit was far-reaching: the live webcast had 6,000 views, and more than 7.3 million twitter users were engaged.
TFCA-Sumatera took part at the Summit event as one of the exhibitor under KEHATI booth. Information background in form of booklets, and flyers were displayed and distributed to the participants. From there, discussions and awareness of the program was raised from the conservation and discussions made during the event.
Chairman of the Oversight Committee of TFCA-Sumatera also took active part in the event by becoming one of the speaker at High Level panel discussion in the second day. Pak Jatna speaks about Changing Communities, Sustainable Landscapes and Equitable Development with Tint Lwin Thaung (Executive Director, The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), Joan Carling (Secretary-General, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact), and Parmaningsih Hadinegoro (Vice President Corporate Secretary, Danone Aqua).
Moderated by Grace Wong of CIFOR, Jatna pointed out TFCA-Sumatera practices in promoting community benefit in conservation. He mention about lack of progress in biodiversity conservation in Asia region, despite abundant funding and projects to conserve them. One of the key to mend the problem, he said, is to embrace the community and make sure they get benefit from the conservation activities. Without community there’s no sustainable forest management.SHARE: