Yogi Suwarno

Integrating Climate Policy into National Forestry Policy: A Case Study of Ministerial Policymaking within Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia

Supervisors: Fiona Nunan and Adrian Campbell

He is interested in institutional changes affected by policy implementation in relation to decentralisation framework and the central-local governments’ relation. The research is looking at specific case on how the forestry sector, in general, being governed in Indonesia, particularly in responding to the international climate regime in addressing climate change. In light of this, Indonesia is ranked the third largest emitter in the world, in which contributed mostly by forestry sector including peat land. Therefore deforestation taking place in Indonesia is the main concern in his research.

The more specific issue will be investigated is about how the Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), as one of mitigation mechanisms under the UNFCCC, being implemented in Indonesia. This REDD+ is a recognised mitigation mechanism under the UNFCCC, in which Indonesia has become a major participant and contributor to the REDD+ negotiations. It is characterised very quick, cheap, and efficient. Yet it is more likely a voluntary than a binding mechanism. By participating in this mechanism, Indonesia has received a lot of grants, as well as loans from donor countries and multilateral institutions to support REDD+ implementation in Indonesia. However some challenges appear along with the demand of more decentralised governance, which means more powers are shifted from central to local governments, and more responsibilities are distributed among stakeholders.

The research objectives are mainly to gain an understanding of how forestry sector (including peatland) governed and institutionalised in Indonesia, and to draw lesson learnt from the implementation of the REDD+ in governing forestry sector.

In this research he would like to pose a fundamental question on how have government ministries responded to the REDD+ agenda and climate change mainstreaming. In addition to that, the possible changing structure would be taken into account as well as how the KAP (knowledge, attitude and practice) among employees within ministries is built in response to such changes.


Yogi Suwarno is undertaking doctoral research climate policy integration within forestry sector in Indonesia. He is using qualitative methodologies to interview policymakers in forestry sector and is utilizing a theoretical framework of policy integration combined with bureaucratic politics to investigate the process of incorporating cross-cutting issue into sectoral policymaking. His main research questions cover the influence of cross-cutting issue on policymaking and responses of related ministry on climate change. He will present one of his jobs at the IRSPM 2015 Conference, in Birmingham.


  • MA in Public Administration (International Christian University – Graduate School of Public Administration, Tokyo, Japan)
  • BSc in Public Administration (Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia)

Research interests

  • Climate and forest governance
  • Decentralisation 
  • Institutional changes 
  • Policy implementation


Email: yxs117@bham.ac.uk