Restoring State Control Over Forest Resources Through Administrative Procedures: Evidence From a Community Forestry Programme in Central Java, Indonesia

  • Ahmad Maryudi Universitas Gadjah Mada
Keywords: Administrative Procedures, Community Forestry, Indonesia, State Control, State Forestland

Abstract

In recent years, community forestry has emerged as a means to reform power constellations with regard to forest governance. Through community forestry, the central state promised to devolve several forest rights to local communities and encouraged them to get involved in decision making processes and the implementation of forest activities. However, experience in some countries indicates that the implementation of community forestry programmes is rarely followed by genuine power devolution to local forest users. Instead, these programmes may even serve as a means to retain or restore the central state’s control over forests. Using a case study of a community forestry programme implemented in Java, Indonesia, by a state forest company, this paper argues that the implementation of community forestry is also driven by the state’s interests to regain control over the forests. Research in eight villages in Central Java province reveals that the community forestry programmes are carefully structured according to numerous administrative procedures and establish a mode of control through a bureaucratic design.

Author Biography

Ahmad Maryudi, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Ahmad Maryudi holds a PhD in forest development policy from Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany, and is currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Forestry, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. 
Published
2012-12-30
How to Cite
Maryudi, A. (2012) “Restoring State Control Over Forest Resources Through Administrative Procedures: Evidence From a Community Forestry Programme in Central Java, Indonesia”, Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 5(2), pp. 229-242. doi: 10.14764/10.ASEAS-5.2-3.
Section
Current Research on Southeast Asia