Developing a jurisdictional monitoring system for sustainable development

The EU REDD Facility and Institut Penelitian Inovasi Bumi (INOBU) have been working together since 2013 to find a way to alleviate the poverty of indigenous Papuans in Indonesia in a way that recognises their rights while preserving the natural environment. At the centre of this strategy is a jurisdictional performance system. This brief discusses the rationale for the system and the collaborative process of developing its performance goals and indicators. It also discusses the proposed design of the monitoring system and plans for pilot tests.

Key messages

  • Economic development is increasing in West Papua and safeguards need to be implemented to ensure that an economic transition is sustainable and equitable.
  • Improving land and resource governance is the clearest pathway for safeguarding the interests of the people and environment of West Papua.
  • Measures for improving land and resource governance include recognising customary land and resource rights, and providing up-to-date information on progress towards sustainable development.
  • A jurisdictional performance system will enable diverse stakeholders in West Papua to define goals for the province, monitor progress towards achieving these goals and ensure that sufficient progress is being made.
  • The project partners analysed the timber supply chain and livelihoods in West Papua. They also held stakeholder consultations to develop indicators, targets and a monitoring framework for the jurisdictional performance system.