Social Forestry and Green Investment

At the time of the election of the second Jokowi’s tenurial, various promises of development were outlined in the framework of the government. One effort is to simplify investment licensing so that it does not hamper the investment process in Indonesia.

However, the embodiment of simplifying investment has led to the pros and cons of the public itself. Such as the plan to abolish the AMDAL for selected projects because they are considered to add to the list of pre-conditions that might hamper the investment process itself.

Discourse of Elimination of AMDAL

The discourse on the elimination of Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) which was proposed by the government in order to facilitate investment licensing is generating polemics from various groups. Strong criticism arises from various circles that are concerned about the environment.

As for those who are pro-economic liberalization, the dichotomy of interests between environmentalists and liberalists is actually two different things that go hand in hand. Like black and white in yin-yang, related and opposites but build each other up. The balance of desired goals has been a paradox to date; the goal of development is that all environmental interests and economic interests can grow together.

Jokowi also emphasized the importance of investment in the environmental sector by mentioning the plan to develop green industry, social forestry, and carbon trading in his speech when formally announcing the composition of his cabinet.

In the midst of the increasingly worrisome threat of the environmental crisis, academics are of the opinion that there are a number of things that must be kept in mind and done when the investment is the government’s main focus for the environmental sector.

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