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Escalation of access and ownership of local communities through the 12.7 million hectares of Social Forestry program, and 4.1 million hectares of Land Reform Object (TORA), is one of Indonesia's efforts to support the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forest (UNSPF) 2017-2030, including the Voluntary National Contribution (VNC).
This was conveyed by Dr Agus Justianto, Head of Research and Development and Innovasion, Environment and Forestry Ministry at the 13th United Nations Forum on Forests –UNFF 13 in New York on May 7 to 11. In addition, Indonesia also held the Timber Legality Verification System to promote the sustainable forest management. Agus Justianto also said in the meeting Indonesia expressed its commitment on the six Global Forest Goals in Voluntary National Contribution –VNC that has been ratified through multi-stakeholders mechanism.
The UNFF 13 finally produced two important documents namely document Forest-Based Solutions for Accelerating the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals –SDG and Transformation towards Sustainable and Tough Community. The second document is UNFF13 Omnibus Resolution covering various steps to the implementation of the UN Strategic Plan to UNSPF Forest. As the following step from the result of UNFF 13, Agus Justianto viewed that Indonesia needs to complete Voluntary National Contribution VNC, to encourage the development of sustainable national forestry.
Meanwhile in the near future Indonesia will also increase cooperation with the Nationbal Focal Points (NFP) of other international agreements such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention on Biodiversity (UNCBD), the United Nations to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and international agreement for conservation and the sustainable use of wetlands.
In the five-day session, the Indonesian delegation, besides from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, were also representatives from the National Forestry Council, the Indonesian Association of Forest Concessionaires (APHI), Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia PTRI New York and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.