Indonesia is endowed with the world’s third largest area of tropical rainforest, covering sixty-seven percent of the country’s landmass. Forests play a significant role in both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Sustainably-managed forests can reduce CO2 emissions and at the same time increase carbon stocks and biodiversity. To counterbalance large-scale forest concessions granted to large corporations, the Indonesian government launch a Social Forestry Initiative, committing a total of 12.7 million hectares of forests for community-based forest management. The initiative is aimed to ensure the economic livelihood for the impoverished-forest dwellers, including adat and indigenous communities, and at the same time ensure that forests are sustainably managed. The initiative recognized the rights of communities including adat communities to run community-based forest management within state and private or adat forests.
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