The Indonesian minister was impressed by Finnish forest expertise. There will also be expertise imported from Indonesia to Finland.
The Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Ms Siti Nurbaya, visited Finland with high-level government officials and a research delegation. The Finnish Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, H.E. Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen and Minister Nurbaya signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the countries on 7 April 2017 promoting the development of forestry and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Immediate initiation of research and education collaboration
The Indonesian guests were extremely interested in the forestry expertise of Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). Research collaboration is being developed in several fields, from sustainable forestry to wood processing and from prevention of forest fires to the restraint of climate change. In the field of forestry education, co-operation is promoted with several Finnish partners, including universities and universities of applied sciences. A tailored solution of the Forest Academy for decision-makers is offered for the Indonesian partners. The co-operation also looks at best practices that can be applied without delay.
– We are happy to see that things took a concrete turn immediately. Our progress is taking place on a wide scale, which is a great thing, rejoices Mari Walls, Director General of Natural Resources Institute Finland.
Prosperity with sustainable measures
Indonesia possesses vast tropical forest resources, but there are challenges associated with the use of natural resources. Minister Nurbaya has set up a programme with the goal of developing co-operative forestry. The goal is to improve local communities’ opportunities to use their forests and promote the ecological and social sustainability of forestry, while not overlooking the financial factors.
The Finnish experiences of private forestry and its operational models are of great interest. Our experiences of forest management associations are worth sharing. Furthermore, Indonesia is interested in co-operation in the monitoring of the legality of timber.
To promote the extensive forestry co-operation, a Joint Working Group between the countries has been set, with Director Taneli Kolström from Luke in charge of Finland’s activities. The Joint Working Group will bring together the most important partners in the fields of research, education and forestry development organisations both in Finland and Indonesia for a concrete party to take part in the co-operation.
– The Indonesian side is interested in our expertise throughout the forestry value chain. A significant number of similarities in operational models and research needs were discovered in our meeting. We are able to offer excellent tools that support planning and decision-making. With regard to forest fires, we can promote, for example, school children’s capability to help out with fire prevention by providing material for teachers, describes Kolström.
Joint Working Group, Finland activities: