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Preparatory Meeting of
Commission on Sustainable
Development - 17
5th meeting
Intervention by
Mr. Tri Tharyat
Deputy Director of Sustainable Development
Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
At the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting of the
Commission for Sustainable Development -17
On Land
New York, 25 February 2009
Madame Chair,
My delegation should like to associate ourselves with the statement made by the
distinguished representative of Sudan on behalf of G-77 and China. My
delegation wishes also to convey our appreciation to the Secretary General for
his report on land and to the panelists for their insightful presentations on policy
options with regard to land issues.
Madame Chair,
Land plays an important role in achieving sustainable development and poverty
eradication. In pursuing these goals, land must be managed in a sustainable
manner along with other natural resources.
International cooperation is critical for effective land management. This is due to
the fact land falls within the larger context of impact from external economic
market forces, including global population growth, international migration, and
growing competitive use of land.
The recent global food crisis has highlighted the importance for better planning
and policy decisions linked to sustainable land management at all levels.
Enhancing the productive capacity of land resources, preventing land
degradation, and avoiding the loss of agriculturally productive lands, must all be
part of inform approaches to sustainable land management and sound
agricultural production system.
Indonesia views that equitable access to land and tenure security as a key
element to sustainable land management and for the promotion of sound
agricultural production systems. Towards this end, Indonesia launched the Land
Titling Services for the People program called ?LARASITA? in 2008. This policy
is designed to provide the poor with greater access and titling to land, especially
in remote areas.
Also important is the use of digital technology for national land registration
systems to replace paper-based manual titling systems. This will enhance the
long term stability of land registration systems.
Madame Chair
The preservation of forest resources must not overlooked as an integral part of
sustainable land management. Efforts to reduce deforestation and land
degradation are inextricably linked to poverty eradication and employment
creation in developing countries. An International framework must provide
incentives for carbon sequestration, afforestation, and reforestation, to reduce the
loss of valuable forests, deforestation and land degradation.
Other constraints to sustainable land management which necessitate attention
are climate change and conflict over the land. An international early warning
system should be in place as well to lessen human vulnerability to these extreme
events of climate change. Appropriate institutions are also urgently needed to
reconcile different land interests and ensure the equitable land allocation to
prevent the resurgence of conflict.
Finally Madame Chair, international support is critical to ensuring effective
sustainable land management in developing countries. Support and cooperation
should be directed toward ensuring adequate financial resources, comprehensive
capacity building and technology transfer to assist developing countries
effectively improve their legal, financial, institutional and technical capacities to
implement sustainable land management.
I thank you.