KLHK and USAID BIJAK host public consultation on Forest Management Unit (FMU) performance criteria and indicators.

18 March 2021 Forest management units play a crucial in managing Indonesia’s millions of hectares of state forest.  (Photo: Danumurthi Mahendra / USAID BIJAK) Forest management units play a crucial in managing Indonesia’s millions of hectares of state forest. (Photo: Danumurthi Mahendra / USAID BIJAK)

Forest management units play a crucial role as frontline entities managing Indonesia’s 120.6 million hectares of state forest. Since 2010 the GOI has invested FMUs in order to support its forest management objectives of sustainable forest resources, people’s prosperity and contributing to economic development. Last week, BIJAK and KLHK hosted a public consultation to seek inputs from stakeholders to finalize the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK’s) regulation on FMU performance criteria and indicators. The performance criteria and indicators are intended to help FMU managers measure the degree to which they are successful in achieving the desired forest function outcomes for each type of forest. Participants recommended refining the criteria and indicators for FMUs in special autonomous regions and development of assessment guidelines to support the performance indicators. They also recommended adding indicators to measure whether women and vulnerable groups are appropriately represented in FMU management, and that they have equal opportunities to access and benefit from forests. KLHK’s Planning Bureau will use these inputs to revise the draft regulation and submit it to the Legal Affairs Bureau for final review and enactment by the end of March. The public consultation event was attended by 250 participants from Bappenas, KLHK, technical implementation units, regional forest agencies, FMU associations, academia, non-governmental organizations, and development partners.