CO-OP’S Roles in Community Economic Development in Kulon Progo, Indonesia
Keywords:Co-op, Forestry, Community Economic Development, KWLM
The purpose of this research is to analyse the role of Koperasi Wana Lestari Menoreh (KWLM) in implementing certification, the role in Community Economic Development and the role of external parties to develop the KWLM it-self. This research is qualitative with a case study method at KWLM with five subjects as a member of KWLM and five subjects as a non-member of KWLM. Interviews were conducted in-depth using semi-structured questions. Data and information use key informants and reviewed by several experts. This study concludes that, first, KWLM has met FSC certification standards in accordance with the demands of the world market and consumers. Next, regarding community economic development, there are several principles according to Bruce (2001) that need to be improved in KWLM including the need for a comprehensive strategy, building human resources, building local capacity, integrating economic objectives, and empowering communities. Finally, the role of external parties, namely PT. Solusi Bisnis Indonesia (SOBI) is needed for the continuation of KWLM. Especially in bridging the certification process (FSC and SVLK) forest products and marketing KWLM member timber.