Throughout 2022, many environmental agendas, both global and national, will be held. Starting from the 27th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which was held in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, on 6-18 November 2022. A negotiation event for world leaders to highlight global climate change such as impact on food security and agriculture. Until the VI Congress of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (KMAN) which took place on 23-30 October 2022 in Jayapura, Papua, which became one of the tools for the struggle of indigenous peoples to obtain certainty of rights to their territory. This is the first time in history that seven Papuan customary forest decrees have been granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. However, this positive score is still hampered by the legalization of commercial timber management by indigenous communities. Meanwhile, the instrument for guaranteeing the legality of forest products has been running for approximately 13 years, namely the SVLK has not yet accommodated the cultural values ​​inherent in the lives of indigenous communities. Not only that, the assessment norms contained in the SVLK are still not sufficient to guarantee compliance even for forestry sector business actors. Thus, SVLK transformation is no longer a hope but a necessity, and goes far beyond changing nomenclature. This 18th edition of the newsletter has the big theme “Forests and Communities”, the article contains the urgency of recognizing customary forests in Papua which are targets for expansion and concessions in forest ecosystems. There are also recommendations to the government and offers of custom-based SVLK conditions, SVLK transformation from legality to sustainability, writings on the role of youth in facing the climate crisis and the vulnerability of rural community livelihoods to climate change.

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