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Thanks for inviting me to joint in this group. It is very valuable to share our initiatives on the forest issue. I am the awardee of Equator Prize 2015 and involve also in the Forest issues in the NGO Telapak Indonesia (www.telapak.org).
The problem of past deforestation due to the widespread illegal logging has led to the collapse of the economy and natural disasters. On the other side of the theory, we know that locals are not just the main actors involved in the current life situation. In fact, communities coming in multidimensional layers are worth considering.
This deforestation occurs not only illegally but also legally wrapped in oil palm, rubber, mining and so on. On the other side of the world, wood demand is increasing and for the fulfillment of these needs, the activities of planting of massive wood plantations done both by large companies and by the public on the land owned. However, in the community level, low price issues, unclear system of cooperation, management management is chaotic cause the difficulty of society rise and improve their welfare.
When the policy of applying Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest standard applied to the world market, there are opportunities that can be done to improve enthusiasm in wood industry. But again when speaking at the community level, this opportunity is still very weak because of the difficulty of applying the standards imposed at the community level and the high cost of certification.
In connection with this, we from Telapak Indonesia (https://telapak.org/) after more than a decade focused on how to combat illegal logging, began planning to build sustainable livelihoods based on sustainable timber but with a premium market share for the community, thus gaining high value economic, with reference to the application of FSC standards to ensure sustainability and balance.
And now the struggle is paying off with the establishment of a model of sustainable forest management business by the community. Our term is “From Illegal Logging to Community Logging, Implementing a business approach to promoting sustainable livelihoods and sustainable raw materials for businesses”.
More detail please see https://bit.ly/2JEHZpV.
Hopefully this initiative can help improve the quality of our environment, improve the welfare of the community and also contribute to achieve SDG’s in the forestry sector.0
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