When the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Integrates the Forest Management Information System

When the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Integrates the Forest Management Information System

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That morning, Tuesday (29/8/17), in Manggala Wanabhakti, Jakarta, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, released the SI-PHPL. Present at the inauguration were Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Agus Rahardjo, Chair of the Corruption Eradication Commission and Viva Yoga Mulyadi, Deputy Chairperson of the House of Representatives Commission IV.

Putera said the launch of this system could be a proclamation of independence. It is independent from various forms of weaknesses and shortcomings in the management of production forests, specifically administration of forest products and safeguarding state rights.

“Conceptually, SI-PHPL is indeed simple, a system that integrates information systems-information systems that are in PHPL,” he said.

So far, the PHPL Directorate already has a separate information system, such as the Forest Product Administration Information System (SIPUHH), Non-Tax State Revenue Information System (SI-PNBP), Industrial Raw Material Acceptance Plan (SIRPBBI), and System Information System. Timber Legality Information (SILK).

Later, he said, SI-PHPL also accommodates other information systems that are being made by KLHK, such as SI-Hura (community forest), SI-KPHP, SI-HHBK, SI-Ganis. He hoped that he would become the forerunner of the information system at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry by integrating information systems and information systems in various divisions.

SI-PHPL, he said, integrates a number of existing systems, while answering several issues. First, separate information systems cause potential data inconsistencies until SI-PHPL enables data reconciliation to become an accurate basis for policy making.

Second, this system can be accessed by the public to overcome the problem of transparency. Third, data accuracy and better transparency will improve the accuracy of collection and documentation of state revenues. Accountability for the performance of production forest management has also increased.

Fourth, SI-PHPL supports the self-assessment policy in administering current forest products. He facilitates business actors and must pay in fulfilling obligations related to timber administration and PNBP payments, including helping businesses to have accurate wood mutation databases and records. (See table).

Until now, said Putera, the socialization of this system has been running in seven provinces. Full implementation, he said, will be carried out after socialization in the next few months. “We will issue a Perdirjen on the technical management of running SI-PHPL. We also prepare a help-desk team, who is ready to answer if there are problems or difficulties. ” 

Siti Nurbaya Minister of LHK hopes that SI-PHPL helps reduce moral hazard that causes high-cost economy and encourages all parties to work professionally. This system, he said, also answered the people’s demands regarding information on transparent, accurate and renewable forest governance.

In the future, he said, this system will be equipped with drone to map technology so that data for each industry is equipped with maps. Siti hopes that SI-PHPL will start operations on January 1, 2018 after socialization and make regulations regarding operational procedures.

Agus Suhardjo, Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission said, with a system that could be jointly monitored this was a basic and systematic improvement step. Such management, he said, allows information to be useful for the supervision of two parties. He can for internal supervision, at the same time, he said, giving information to business actors and the people.

He hoped that the future SI-PHPL could be integrated throughout the directorate general, then between ministries such as the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning / BPN and the Ministry of Industry.

Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for the Economy appreciated KLHK’s steps. He said, pouring government processes and procedures into information systems, especially online is a big advance.

Even though, he said, with this system there is no certainty that all problems will be solved. “But this is one big step, one step.”

This kind of system, he said, must continue to be developed and ensure that it can run. The SI-PHPL, he said, is not just a matter of speed, and is also transparent and of high accuracy, so that the mechanism that circulating timber is legal. 

The House of Representatives also welcomed this system. “This could be an integrated information system from planning to trade in forest products, including information on state revenues,” said Viva Yoga Mulyadi, Deputy Chairperson of DPR’s Commission IV.

Give the widest possible access to the public

The response came from the Forestry Independent Monitoring Network (JPIK). M Kosar, JPIK coordinator, said that JPIK was concerned about the SI-PHPL about the broad access rights for the public to the data and information in it.

JPIK, he said, as one of the independent monitoring networks, is in dire need of business data and information, including administration of forest products for monitoring purposes.

“We need official data from the government to verify the results or field findings,” he said.

The matter of data depth or types of data that can be accessed by the public, said Kosar, must be clear. At present, KLHK does not yet have a public information list (DIP). “Well, this must be clarified first on the internal KLHK. So the public can not only get access on the veranda or data that cannot be used to verify the truth of a permit owner’s performance. “

He stressed, this system must be able to automatically lock raw materials or wood from sources of unclear origin.

“This means that the timber without SVLK (timber legality verification certification) cannot be included in the industry supply chain, especially the timber from the IPK (timber utilization permit) that are unlicensed and not SVLK,” said Kosar.

This information system, he said, must also be integrated or provide an easy reporting system and can be traced to the public. The government, he said, must deal with and follow up on public reports with law enforcement and strict sanctions if there is a violating permit owner.

Source: Mongabay Indonesia