Collaborative land use planning and sustainable institutional arrangement for strengthening land tenure, forest and community rights in Indonesia - CoLUPSIA

The general objective is to help to reduce deforestation and the degradation of the environment by proposing new institutional arrangements taking into more account the specific expectations of the communities.

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The specific objectives are to:

  • Improve the capacity of stakeholders to collectively design participatory land use plans and natural resource management policies;
  • Establish collaborative assessment of land conditions;
  • Design land allocation and legally-binding land use plans that all stakeholders are in consensus on,
  • Initiate and evaluate specific pilot activities supporting pro-poor financing mechanisms for forest conservation and sustainable management of resources;
  • Raise public awareness of the importance of collective land use planning and the value of ecosystem services. 


Kapuas Hulu Regency West Kalimantan – Indonesia

Central Moluccas Regency, The Moluccas - Indonesia


Environmental degradation and forest loss are on the rise globally. The effects of this process are felt most acutely in tropical villages. These communities rely on natural resources from neighboring forests for their livelihood. Here, deforestation also means lost ecological services and reduced availability of renewable resources.

Therefore new natural resource management actions such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation Degradation (REDD) must be designed with land tenure arrangements in mind. Through good land use planning and land allocation and the process of mediation and negotiation of stakeholders about land allocation, development can introduce new institutional arrangements for the various levels of government, local communities and the private sector. These arrangements can also help reduce the sense of disenfranchisemeny of women, minorities and other vulnerable groups.

Economists posit that the Indonesian economy will overtake its western counterparts by 2050. Yet ironically, positive development resulting from that growth rate remains distant for populations in the rural regions where much of the country’s wealth-generating natural resources are derived.

The CoLUPSIA project believes the resulting inequity and conflict can be resolved if governing bodies at national, regional and local scales are given more detailed data; and decisions made for these regions are not made on a top-down model but rather through collective discussion.


To ensure informed and collective governance, Centre International for Research in Agronomy and Development (CIRAD, France), and its partners, Centre International for Forestry Research (CIFOR, Bogor), Perkumpulan TELAPAK (TELAPAK, Bogor), HuMA (Natural resource management and Law NGO, Jakarta), TOMA (Environmental NGO, Ambon), Pattimura University (Ambon) and University Gadjah Mada (Yogjakarta) are creating new social and ecological datasets and maps; creating more participatory processes and technics for stakeholder meetings; and advocating for a legal framework to implement the collective vision voiced during stakeholder meetings.


Yves Laumonier (CIRAD), Esther Mwangi, Nining Liswanti, Bayuni Shantiko, Imam Basuki, Popi Astriani, Uceu Unangsih (CIFOR), Emily Fripp, Nicolas Jewell, Danan Hadi, Alfa Simarangkir, Selly Kharisma,Tina Taufiquoh, Moira Moeliono, Sunadi Ravi (COLUPSIA), Tom Silaya, Tine Tjoa (PATTIMURA), Yan Persulessy (TOMA), Steni Bernadinus, Widiyanto (HuMA), Heri Valentinus (RIAK BUMI)


European Commission
Co-funding Cirad-Cifor-Telepak

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