Results of Forest Tenure Conference discussed between Indonesia and the US

The results of a conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise were discussed during the second meeting of the U.S.-Indonesia Joint Commission under the bilateral Comprehensive Partnership.

The Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise took place from 11 - 15 July on the island of Lombok, Indonesia. The conference explored experiences and opportunities for Asia in a changing context and was co-organised by The Rights and Resources Initiative, the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). The week-long event gave rise to an in-depth assessment of the relationship between forest tenure, sustainable forest management and income-generating enterprises and promoteed action across a range of Asian countries. FLEGT Asia supported the conference and provided key input to the conference in the form of a discussion paper.

Following this conference, Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met in Bali on July 24, 2011 to co-chair the second meeting of the U.S.-Indonesia Joint Commission under the bilateral Comprehensive Partnership.

During this meeting, the co-chairs of the Working Group on Climate and Environment reported on accomplishments in priority areas, including intensified consultations on global climate change action, tropical forests, environmental management and governance, and biodiversity and ecosystems conservation. They noted Indonesia's July 12, 2011 land tenure speech as a major step forward for forest-dependent communities and recognizing the importance of an accurate forest mapping system. 

More information on the Forest Tenure Conference can be found here. The joint statement of the second Indonesia -U.S. Joint Commission meeting can be found here.