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Data and Information on Indonesian Forests Needs to be Agreed Together: Madani


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Pointing out that there are a multitude of differences between the data and information on Indonesian forests between various domestic and international organization, an environmental watchdog is calling on the various concerned sides to sit together to jointly define these data and information.

“A number of institutions that have an interest on this issue and has differing data and conclusion, need to sit together and open a methodology panel and their respective data sources so that the public can obtain clear information on the latest status and condition of Indonesian forests,” said the Madani Berkelanjutan Foundation.

In a study on forest data and information for Indonesia published end of last month, Madani compared the definitions of forests, degradation, deforestation calculation methodologies and deforestation figures of a number of institutions and pointed out the differences between them.

The data and information studied were among others from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), The Ministry of Environment and Forestry and a number of civil society organizations, Madani said in a written statement sent to the Forest Scribe on Monday (19/10).

Besides important to get a clear image of the status and condition of Indonesian forests, the data and information would be ble to more objectively determine Indonesia’s success in reducing deforestation, Madani said.

Among the various differences between the institutions are the minimal canopy cover required for forests, of between 10 percent and 30 percent, including industrial timber estate as forests, and the dichotomy in natural forest were protection of primary and secondary forests differed.

Another point of difference concerned the definition of primary forest, which differed between the ministry of environment and forestry and Global Forest Watch.

There is also questions on the definition of deforestations, especially net deforestation which the government preferred to stress in its public communications.

In relations to deforestation figures, Madani pointed out that those of the ministry of environment and forestry for 2006-2018 were far lower than the figure published by Forest Watch Indonesia.

There was also a question that remained unanswered pertaining to the definition of the deforestation of natural forest as used in the Deforestation Book and the definition used to prepare the Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) for the REDD+. There was quite a significant difference between the figure calculated by the ministry and that used to prepare the FREL, the latter being much higher.

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