JCAF 1: The State of Jurisdictional Approach in Southeast Asia

The first dialogue of the Jurisdiction Collective Action Forum (JCAF) was virtually convened on 25 August 2021. JCAF is a collaborative platform consisting of 9 collaborators: Cocoa Sustainability Partnership; Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development; Inisiatif Dagang Hijau; IPMI International Business School – Case Centre; Landscape Indonesia; Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari; Filantropi Indonesia; Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture; and Tropical Forest Alliance. The two-hour dialogue highlighted JA as an integrated and holistic approach to advance Indonesia’s commitment to implement SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and LCDI (Low Carbon Development Indonesia). The key note speaker, the Deputy of Maritime and Natural Resources, BAPPENAS mentioned that, JA can serve as strategic model in advancing Indonesia’s commitment to achieve its NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) under the Paris Agreement and the implementation of SDGs. It aims to do so by implementing a more holistic, multi-stakeholder, multi sectors and multi commodities approach. LCDI and SDGs serve as the national framework and have been included in the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024. Existing JA demonstrates solutions to harmonize the country’s national commitment into a regional planning and budgeting.

The first session also highlighted the business case of JA through identifying challenges and opportunities in enhancing the multi-stakeholder approach in market transformation and advancing investment into jurisdiction. It demonstrated the enabling ecosystem of Siak in advancing JA and highlighted the importance of developing evidence based business and investment cases on best practices and good governance in Siak. Attended by 122 participants from global, regional, and national stakeholders, the first JCAF session concluded with key lessons learned from various stakeholders and the requirement of a web of synergy in promoting collective actions to enhance the effectiveness of JA.

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