Nature conservation concessions to protect tropical rainforest in Indonesia
As of: May 2018
Objective and activities
The Indonesian government allocates Environment Restoration Concessions (ERCs) to private organisations seeking to restore forest areas that have been used or degraded in the past for commercial logging. The project supports the establishment ERCs in order to protect threatened tropical rainforest in Bukit Tigapuluh National Park (Sumatra) and Gorontalo (Sulawesi). This contributes to the conservation of biological diversity and forests as carbon sinks and as a living space for local people. The close cooperation with local communities is essential for the management of the ERC project areas to ensure sharing of benefits and avoid conflicts of interest. Parallel to this the project works together with other ERCs and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forests on refining and adapting this instrument, largely untestetd until recently.
State of implementation/results
- The ERC for the component Bukit Tigapuluh / Jambi Sumatra was allocated to PT ABT on July 27, 2015.
- The ERC for the second project area Gorontalo (Sulawesi) is still outstanding. The decision war expected in 2015 already, but suffered delays due to the pending reforms of the ERC rules and standards.
- In 2014, the regulation concerning the size ERC areras was revised. As a consequence, concession holders can only apply for a maximum of two concessions with a limitation of 50.000 ha each
- The ERC concept is being further developped and refined and the Indonesian Government has already abolished a number of obstructive regulations.