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CIFOR, UNODC Examine Measures to Control Illegal Logging in Indonesia

January 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have released a working paper titled "Lessons for REDD+ from Measures to Control Illegal Logging in Indonesia," which examines the illegal logging context, including drivers, government regulations and moratoria, plantation development, certification options, and forest law enforcement and governance in Indonesia.

On the context for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), the paper examines measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) options and systems, multi-stakeholder processes, and challenges in tackling governance issues.

The paper recommends: adopting an approach that harmonizes REDD+ and timber legality MRV requirements, while acknowledging the different MRV needs; developing mechanisms for exchange of data and transparency; developing the role of civil society monitors and public oversight mechanisms; and clarifying the roles and mandates of local and central governments. The paper also calls for particular attention to law enforcement aspects including: defining clearer roles for enforcement agencies and relationships with the Ministry of Forests; broadening the understanding of illegal logging to examine violations related to corruption and negative impacts of legal concessions; and expanding law enforcement's use of laws related to anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.

CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  [Publication: Lessons for REDD+ from Measures to Control Illegal Logging in Indonesia]