Reviewing the Co-administration in Peatland Restoration 2018
In 2018, peatland restoration activities in the seven priority provinces were carried out within the co-administration scheme. In this scheme, local government institutions have a greater role in implementing restoration activities, especially those related to the construction of peatland rewetting infrastructure. Pantau Gambut has observed a number of obstacles to the implementation of the co-administration scheme, which warrant further attention.
Throughout 2018, peatland restoration activities in the seven priority provinces (Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, and Papua) were carried out within the co-administration scheme. Under this scheme, local government bodies are granted larger roles in implementing restoration activities, particularly those related to the construction of rewetting infrastructure.
Pantau Gambut’s latest report, entitled “Regional Government Co-administration in Peatland Restoration: 2018 Implementation Findings”, was launched on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. This report reveals four primary factors inhibiting effective implementation. These include budget distribution delays, inconsistencies between planned restoration activities, lack of coordination between the central and regional government and among regional institutions, as well as weak supervision and quality control of restoration work.
The Pantau Gambut report examines these findings through desktop research and field observations. The desk research included a review of regulations related to peatland restoration and co-administration scheme, while field observation data was collected from Pantau Gambut Local Network reports compiled between September and December 2018.
The implementation of the co-administration in Jambi is one of the highlights of this report. Pantau Gambut’s Jambi Local Network found that the weak supervision and quality control of restoration infrastructure work completed through the co-administration scheme negatively impacted local areca palms, which are crucial to the livelihoods of Terap River Village residents.
The full report can be downloaded here.