Certification: Be consistent in the way of sustainability

by Happy Tarumadevyanto| Sustainability Practitioner | Certification Specialist | Stakeholder Engagement

Sustainability is about creating sustainable management that can meet market demands on a regular basis. Sustainability also encourages sustainable management that can support a continuous supply of resources. Therefore the area of sustainability covers environmental, social and economic aspects.

In implementing sustainability programs, consistent behavior needs to be put in priority. The behavior of oneself and the community is important as a reference for managing an area in a sustainable manner. The behavior includes habits, social interactions that are in it, and how they treat natural resources on a daily basis.

Consistent Among Forestry Practitioners

Be consistent in carrying out tasks, not wishy-washy, and hold fast to achieving the goals that you want to achieve. Everything through what? hard and consistent work.

Lots of experience from institutions that have qualified people but apparently maintain the existence of the independence of the institution as if it were a figment.

Lately, state and national life conditions are increasingly disappointing. Many state institutions do not function as they should. The reason for a state institution is not working as expected. This problem afflicts almost all state institutions ranging from legal, legislative, executive to political parties that are pillars of democracy.

Keys of a Successful Institution

Some things that determine the success or failure of business
include:

(1) the absence of a clear strategy (strategic intent); Often an institution or organization does not heed clear strategy to achieve its goals. Strategic clarity needs to be shared and disseminated among internal activists.

(2) applied whether or not good forests governance;

(3) Financially feasible and funding sufficiency;

(4) existence of business plan;

(5) good cooperation between staff in business the (management team);

(6) leadership or execution issues and

(7) timing problems. Among the seven factors, factors

The most important thing that needs attention is the existence of strategic intent. Something the company is said to be able to show strategic intent if its management stays consistent with certain goals in the long run according to the vision and its mission and concentrate all its actions in achieving its goals. The absence of strategic intent will only encourage management think and act in the short term and ignore the term interests long.

Even though a solid business certainly requires quite a long time. It is very rare but not impossible that a business can succeed immediately. Everything will require time and process and of course sacrifice.

Learning from the Legality Assurance Implementation: Leadership of Timber Verification Legality Assurance [SVLK] in National Level

SVLK emerged as a genuine breakthrough from the background of the chaotic era of dark wood trade, illegal logging that has been mixed between reality and stigma so that it is very detrimental to Indonesia and has an impact on the destructive power of Natural Resources. SVLK is a step to “return to principle”, not just a momentary policy to get out of the “mud puddle” difficulty selling wood products. Because of its level of principle, it must become a permanent standard that applies to all and forever. SVLK has become a kind of self-declaration by the Indonesian government, that every Indonesian wood product – from upstream to downstream – labeled VLK has been guaranteed legality by Indonesian orders. Alhamdulillah, in the process of compiling SVLK standards, it was deliberately involved from the beginning including several international entities to provide births. So the “birth certificate” was finally recognized by the international community, preceded by the European community: VPA – FLEGT.

Sample of Business Plan in Social Forestry prior to a successful story

The behavior of Local Community living nearby the Forests

The level of community land tenure is one of necessary point to be considered in terms of community’s relation in forest resources management. This level of land tenure is people who have their own land and arable land in the forest. Generally, the local community does know the procedures to be able to work on their own land. For this reason, the involvement of forest officials are is important to provide direction and guidance to the community around the forest. The level of community interaction with forests is high. The interaction generally took the form of firewood, fodder taking, fetching tree tillers, tillage, grazing, as well as involvement in several activities forest management such as plot maintenance, clearing, making firebreaks, and others. This proves that dependence community is high in the forest

To continue the social forestry program in its second period, President Jokowi should evaluate the total planning of the program. First, the transition team must be drawn from people who are truly experts in forestry and society. Not only academically experts, but also experience in assisting communities around the forest so that they are not hallucinating when developing a forestry agenda.

Second, forest cover data and existing concessions in the forest area must be consolidated. One of the factors causing the preparation of indicative maps and unclear social forestry areas is the overlapping of forestry data.

Third, the implementation budget. The Indonesian Budget Center calculates that in order to be able to reach the target of 12.7 million hectares, the government needs to allocate a budget of at least Rp 830.58 billion every year. These costs are needed for a number of needs, such as community assistance, outreach, facilitation, and verification of proposals for issuance of social forestry permits.

However, budget allocations provided by the government for granting access to social forestry management have limitations. During 2015-2017, for example, the government was only able to budget for the preparation of social forestry areas at an average of Rp 38.76 billion annually. Then how to cover the shortcomings? The government should really synergize with various civil society organizations (CSOs) that focus on this issue. In fact, quite a number of CSOs in Indonesia have social forestry projects.

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