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Policy makers in Indonesia adopt collaborative land use planning

Indonesia: Decision makers in West Kalimantan, Indonesia believe that mining, agriculture and oil palm developments are inevitable, but they now know that the negative impacts don’t have to be. The Collaborative Land-use Planning and Sustainable Institutional Arrangements (CoLUPSIA) project is enabling local leaders in learning how to anticipate and prepare for the economic and environmental impacts of potential investments.

CoLUPSIA has been carrying out various activities related to planning and management of forests in Indonesia. The project is collaboration between CIRAD France (Agriculture Research and Development), CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), Telapak (Environment Indonesia), HuMa (Legal Affairs Indonesia), Toma (Ambon-based environmental NGO) and is supported by the European Union.

Inclusive spatial planning answers questions about how much land is needed for nature conservation, agricultural development, forestry and mining. With stakeholder consensus, through workshops and other stakeholder engagement, the public understands the need for a broad vision and a consensus focus so that they achieve their desired future.

Project staff have created two regency-wide spatial databases with six map layers that are at a 1:50,000 scale. The data includes environmental data and land use recommendations. Livelihood data is added to understand how locals make their living. There are 40 people from various NGOs involved in collecting this data and assisting with land use planning.

Source: Trust.org & Europa