The Role of NGOs is Considered to Need to be Guarded for Sustainability at The Site Level

Haryanto R Putro MS, a lecturer at IPB University from the Department of Forest Resources Conservation and Ecotourism, said that it is possible for performance issues at the site level to arise due to the intervention of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) from natural resource sustainability targets. One of them, he gave an example of the role and intervention of the Tropenbos International Indonesia Program (TBI). Therefore, measuring instruments must be prepared so that sustainability at the site level continues.

The IPB University lecturer also conveyed that conservation interventions fostered by NGOs were considered to be based on a holistic approach. This approach includes three main pillars consisting of ecology, social and economy. In this way, conservation NGOs, which previously only focused on protected species and habitats, can expand to a wider area.

“In this context, the role of this conservation NGO, its niche is widening from time to time. And this is also supported by the increasing number of NGOs which causes more competition and more focus," explained Haryanto R Putro MS in a webinar series on Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Natural Resources Management entitled "Managing What's Left" by Tropenbos Indonesia, 9 /10.

As known, NGOs are prone to greenwashing parasites and corrupt activities due to the relationship between NGOs and the private sector. According to him, the role of NGOs should be looked at more seriously so that their role can clean up the governance of natural resources from corruption.

As a result, the level of public trust in NGOs had decreased based on data from the Edelman Trust Baromoter Indonesia in 2016-2017. However, there was an increase in trust in 2019 with values still lower than government institutions and the media.

The IPB University lecturer said that the low public trust was the result of the ideological distortion of NGOs. This is as a result of the dependence of NGOs on funding sources.

Haryanto said the issue also dragged the accountability, legitimacy and transparency of NGOs. This problem appears in 2016 until now NGOs have indeed been brought into the government carriage. This is an important note in relation to the implications for the agenda of the NGO control function to the government which is getting weaker.

"These will be issues going forward. Whether it's because of being in the same carriage (with the government) or biased towards political interests with stronger power which then abuses the issue of justice, the issue of equitable distribution of benefits and so on. This is an important note," he continued.

According to him, a minimum evaluation standard is needed for NGOs. As part of civil society power and to find out how far the legitimacy and accountability of this NGO is needed. So that it can ensure that the holistic thinking of NGOs becomes a reference for all parties, especially other NGOs. (MW) (IAAS/AML)

Published Date : 13-Oct-2021

Resource Person : Haryanto R Putro MS

Keyword : Lecturer of IPB University, Non-Governmental Organization, conservation, sustainability