Approximately 2 million hectares of degraded forest in Indonesia are located in conservation areas, including national parks, natural reserves, and wildlife reserves. With such large size of degraded land, restoration is inevitable. Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) has set a target to restore 100,000 hectares of degraded land in conservation areas by 2019, yet the annual achievement remains low with only 55% and 13% of the annual targets have been met in 2015 and 2016 respectively. To help achieve the target, multi-stakeholder partnerships and stronger community participation have been pursued by MoEF. However, these schemes are not without challenges. The distribution of restoration partnership in conservation areas are not aligned with degraded forest distribution as restoration projects are mostly concentrated in western Indonesia, leaving vast degraded land in eastern part of Indonesia unrestored. Besides, existing permit mechanism may potentially result in restoration data gap due to decentralized restoration permit. Therefore, better data, multi-stakeholder coordination and community involvement could help achieve a more effective and sustainable restoration in Indonesia's conservation areas.