The Launching of “Little Sustainable Landscapes Book”

by Fitrian Ardiansyah, 5 December 2015, Global Landscape Forum, Paris, COP-21.

Little Landscape Book

Picture: by Nienke Stam

The book is written collaboratively by GCP (Global Canopy Program), EcoAgriculture, IDH-The Sustainable Trade Initiative, TNC (The Nature Conservancy) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature).

My remarks at a panel discussion during the launching if this book are:

1) Transformation of commodities throughout supply chain may improve individual concessions and sectors but cross-sectoral challenges are still there and may need to be addressed further. These challenges include land legality, peat/forest management at a larger scale, water/ hydrological management, social dimension/conflicts, and improving productivity of smallholders.

2) Hence, combining productivity improvement and forest/peat protection is required to be done also beyond the scope of concessions. The scale we are talking about include a larger landscape level.

3) This “Little Sustainable Landscapes Book” appears to be little in its presentation but can have a huge impact since it can provide lessons-learnt and guidance for land use players and stakeholders to have a better landscape approach and initiative – and to collaborate meaningfully.

4) In the context of government leadership, not only national government, but sub-national level governments need to take the lead. Nevertheless, they need to be supported by the private sector as well as NGOs and communities to ensure that a healthy mosaic landscape can be achieved.

5) IDH, in our capacity, is piloting 7 to 9 landscapes around the globe and we have provinces in Indonesia that we are trying to support: i.e. South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and Aceh. We believe landscape interventions in this province would entail components of better spatial planning, green growth plan, individual commodities/sectoral plans that take account sustainability, and co-financing/investment to improve productivity of small players and protection/restoration.

6) The costs/investment for landscape interventions, nevertheless,is enormous. Financial sources need to come from both public sources (e.g. government budget, CPO/crude palm oil Fund in the context of Indonesia) and private sources. If these can be combined, challenges in a landscape can be addressed in a structured way.

Copy of the book can be found at

The complete coverage of Little Sustainable Landscapes Book Launch Panel can also be watched on YouTube



Sustainable forest management and a healthy landscape

by Fitrian Ardiansyah, 3 December 2015, Paris, Indonesia Pavilion, COP-21, UNFCCC.


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These remarks were taken from my presentation and discussion that contributed to a panel discussion on Natural Forest: Production and Conservation.

The key points are:

(1) IDH’s Tropical Timber Program has been working in three important tropical regions: i.e. Amazon, Congo Basin, Indonesia. We support and co-finance efforts of concessions and others to achieve certified sustainable forest management. In each region, the aim is to obtain 4 million ha of credible certified SFM (sustainable forest management). In Indonesia we collaborate with and support The Borneo Initiative and many concessions. The progress in Indonesia is that 1.5 million hectares have been certified (fully or control wood) and more than 2 million hectares are still in progress.

(2) We also work in the demand side, ensuring the uptake and market access of that SFM products.

(3) To achieve sustainability, addressing legality is a must and can act as a starting point. In our view, there will not be sustainability without legality. Initiatives like SVLK (timber legality verification system) in Indonesia should be encouraged and supported.

(4) Individual SFM and concessions are good but still insufficient, especially if we want to address cross-cutting issues and challenges. These include wildlife management and protection, fire, peat and water management, high conservation values and social dimension. These concessions – albeit having certified SFM – still need to work together among themselves and with other land use actors, including oil palm plantations, industrial timber plantations and communities. Based on this, selecting a landscape approach as a platform is imperative.

(5) In a landscape approach, not only regulations that would be crucial to guide collaboration, incentives need to be created so that better behaviour of land use actors can be ensured.

Please see the presentation here: SFM and landscape_FA_03122015

Note: Picture by Aristia Wanjaya