Forest inventories as the systematic collection of forest data and information provide the basis for all further analyses and planning steps for FMUs as defined in long-term as well as annual business plans.
The application of sound and efficient forest inventory methods at FMU level is a precondition for the formulation of 10-year as well as annual management plans of forest management units (FMU) and therefore of central importance to the forest sector reform of the Indonesian Government. Specific inventories need to be conducted at regular intervals at FMU and resort (RPH) and compartment level to provide the basis for forest management by determining the potential of forest and non-timber forest products but also assessing biodiversity, environmental services (e.g. carbon, water, soil conservation) and socio-economic conditions of forest dependent people.
Consequently the selection of the inventory method depends on the following aspects: 1) inventory objective, 2) regulations/standards, 3) forest condition, 4) desired accuracy and 5) available budget, human resources and desired timeframe.
In its support to the Directorate General for Forest Planning and Environmental Governance of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, FORCLIME is cooperating with the University of Goettingen (ForestEye) as an international consultant specialized in forest monitoring and forest inventory methods. The team of ForestEye including Dr Lutz Fehrmann and Nils Noelke provide specific scientific support and inputs on the revision of the MoEF forest inventory guidelines monitoring methodologies and offer specific training modules for national and subnational stakeholders in the context of FMU planning.
During the opening session the Director General, Prof. San Afri Awang and Director of Forest Resource Inventory and Monitoring, Ruandha Agung Sugardiman, stressed the importance to implement sound forest inventory methods that can address the multitude of information requirements of an FMU. Consequently the revised guidance should provide minimum criteria but enough flexibility to accommodate different information needs, ecological and socio-economic conditions of different FMUs.
The results from this workshop will help to further revise the guidance, set up specific trainings for national and subnational partners and to initiate a revision of the NFI methodology.
For further information please contact Mathias Bertram (Strategic Area Manager Forest Policy): firstname.lastname@example.org