Abidah Setyowati

Abidah Setyowati is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of International Relations, Australian National University.

The government has ambitious plans to hand over 12.7 million hectares of forest to community management by 2019. Dr Abidah Setyowati writes that while the social forestry initiative could increase communities’ access to, and ability to obtain benefits from, forest resources, several major challenges remain.