This book explores the forestry sector and its context, investigating the management of forest resources in Indonesia. It covers topics including forest fires, deforestation, water pollution, depletion of biodiversity, climate change and environmental damages. The book adopts a political economy approach, elaborating on the role of direct actors such as the central government, private companies and local governments, and the role of indirect actors. In addition, readers will discover anthropological and sociological perspectives through engagement with local communities such as the Kutai, Banjar and Rejang ethnic groups, Chinese trading communities, NGOs and Academics.
Featuring interviews with 91 informants and participatory observations, the text draws on secondary literature to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject. This work is illustrated with figures, tables and maps and will be of particular interest to students and researchers of forest policies. It makes a valuable contribution to forest sciences and will also be useful to those in non-government organizations, politicians and business men with an interest in forest resources management, or a deeper interest in Indonesia.


Adat Community and Forests, Cause of deforestation in Indonesia, Climate Change in Indonesia, Decentralization Policy in Indonesia, Deforestation in Indonesia, Environmental Issues in Indonesia, Forest Resources Management in Indonesia, Forestry Managment and NGOs in Indonesia, HTI Delevopment and Policy in Indonesia, Illegal loggin in Kalimantan, Industrial Timber Plantations in Indonesia, Local Government Accountability in Indonesia, Local Responses to Forest Management in Bengkulu, Local Responses to Forest Management in Indonesia, Local Responses to Forest Management in Kalimantan, Logging Concessions in Indonesia, Logging Forest Concession in Indonesia ,Logging in Indonesia ,Plywood Industries in Indonesia ,Political Ecology in Indonesia

Authors and affiliations

  • Herman Hidayat
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  1. 1.Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)JakartaIndonesia

About the authors

Herman Hidayat has been a Senior Researcher at Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), The Research Center for Society and Culture (PMB) since 1985. He obtained his professorship in December 2014. He completed his doctoral degree (Ph.D) in Laboratory of Forest Policy at the Department of Forest Science, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan in 2004. He publishes extensively in scientific and forest policy, land conflict, political ecology, and national parks in Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Japan and France. Over the last 20 years, he has published over 45 articles, 80 popular writings and 2 books on forestry issues, with most of his articles being published in international journals. He has also been actively involved as a Visiting Fellow in research institutes in Japan and France such as Kyushu University, Research Center for Comparative Education and Culture, Fukuoka (April 1991-March 1992), IDE-JETRO, Chiba (September 2006-February 2007), Kyoto University-CSEAS (November 2008-December 2010), Fondation Maison des Sciences de I’homme (FMSH-Paris, from October-November 2011), and a Visiting Professor at Kagoshima University, Research Center for the Pacific Islands (KURCPI) (November 2012-March 2013). Currently, he serves as a reviewer with the Journal of Forest Science, Kangwon National University, Chunchon, South Korea and Social Economic of Forestry Journal, Research Center for Social Economic Forestry, Ministry of Forestry.