This report presents the highlights of the first dialog “The State of Jurisdictional Approaches in Southeast Asia” that was virtually convened on the 25th of August 2021 by the Jurisdiction Collective Action Forum (JCAF) collaborators. JCAF is a collaborative platform consisted of 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 jurisdictional approach (JA) is “an integrated landscape approach that aims to reconcile competing social, economic, and environmental objectives through participation by a full range of stakeholders across sectors, implemented within government administrative boundaries, and with a form of government involvement at the national and sub-national levels of public administration”. Since its inception in the 2000s, JA has generated a wealth of literatures and theories which has then developed into an analytical framework to understand how JA can catalyze transformation in an administrative area and then work together and contribute in the land use sectors.

The Decade of Progress Study presentation kicked off the session by highlighting Indonesia’s achievement in bending the deforestation curve through enabling the policy system, civil society advocacy, market transformation, knowledge transformation and a web of synergy among a variety of actors. Key areas that require further explorations are: (i) to deliver value propositions for district areas to generate impact; (ii) to focus on hotspot jurisdictions where deforestation and fires remain a problem; and (iii) incentives and rewards from private and public sectors.