In the first two weeks of February FORCLIME Component 2 conducted workshops in each of the three pilot districts in order to prepare the FORCLIME annual work plan and align it with the district planning. In each location this “Road Show” was attended by representatives from the District Forest Service, local agencies at district level, Technical Units of the Ministry of Forestry at province level, NGOs and communities. Objective of the workshops was to share information about the progress made in 2011 and to synchronize and harmonize the work plan of Component 2 for 2012 with the planning of the local partners, particularly the District Forest Services.
The proposed annual programme consists of activities in the following four main areas of work:
- Institutional strengthening of FMUs, capacity building related to FMU management, and preparing of FMU management plans;
- Institutional strengthening of REDD+, support of the preparation of regional policies related to REDD+, collecting and processing of baseline data and capacity building on the topic of REDD+;
- Facilitating local community efforts to obtain Village Forest permits, preparation of Village Forest management plans, capacity building in Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) implementation and development of demonstration plots for agro-forestry or Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP);
- Supporting the District Forest Service in developing strategic plans and identifying inputs from communities for forest development.
During the workshops some issues were raised which need to be followed up by the FORCLIME Programme and its partners:
- The need to have an in-depth study about the authority of district government in forest management, including the aspect of licensing. The study is necessary to determine the main tasks, responsibilities and functions of the District Forest Service online and of the FMUs and their future relationship.
- The need to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Forestry and other parties (such as forest concession holders) involved in REDD+ Demonstration Activities (REDD+ DA) to ensure forest concession holders also have a strong commitment to implement activities in the field.
- The need to develop incentives for the parties that work together in REDD+ Demonstration Activities so that any innovations achieved in these pilots can be rewarded and maintained after the project finishes.
- The need for flexibility in the implementation of REDD+ DA programmes in order to be able to create innovative approaches in the field as pilot measures which may not be covered by the existing legislative framework (such as combining IHMB and carbon stock measurement, silvicultural practices, conflict resolution, etc.).
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On Wednesday, 25 January 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the district government of Kapuas Hulu and GIZ FORCLIME to contribute to developing the Danau Sentarum National Park and its surroundings as a District Strategic Area (Kawasan Strategis Kabupaten-KSK) for ecotourism development. This District Strategic Area (ecotourism DSA) is a derivative of the draft Land Use Plan of Kapuas Hulu district 2011-2031. It will provide a more detailed and operational direction for land use to all stakeholders pursuing developmental projects or activities related to land utilization, in particular for ecotourism development in the district, based on Law 26 / 2007 on Land Use Planning. Given that eco-tourism is one of the main sectors to achieve the district’s strategic objectives, as set out in the draft Land Use Plan, this District Strategic Area will be a key in implementing the district’s strategy. The ecotourism DSA is one of three planned District Strategic Areas described in the spatial plan:
- District strategic area of Danau Sentarum National Park and its surroundings as ecotourism development area;
- District strategic area between Danau Sentarum and Betung Kerihun National Parks as biodiversity corridor; and
- District strategic area of agrarian development.
The agreed output of the collaboration on the basis of this MoU is a document that can be used as guideline for monitoring and optimizing land utilization for developing ecotourism in Kapuas Hulu District for the next twenty years (2011-2031).
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Team Leader of FORCLIME Component 3
The Ministry of Forestry through its Minister’s regulation No. 47/2011 has assigned responsibility and authority to Kapuas Hulu District to undertake activities related to REDD Demonstration Activities. Designated activities include: (1) Measuring carbon stocks in forest areas, (2) Preparing the implementation of monitoring of the forest carbon storage, and (3) Preparing the implementation of carbon emission reduction from forest degradation and deforestation.
With the purpose of supporting the measuring and monitoring of forest carbon stocks, the District Service of Plantation and Forestry of Kapuas Hulu and GIZ FORCLIME collaboratively held a training course on Measuring and Estimating Forest Carbon Stocks in Putusibau from 17 to 20 January 2012. The objective of the training was to build capacities of people involved in REDD Demonstration Activities to measure forest carbon stocks using methodology that is scientifically sound. Participants were about 22 people from various government agencies, private forestry sector and non-governmental organizations in Kapuas Hulu. Instructors and facilitators of the training came from GIZ FORCLIME, from the Dipterocarps Research Center of Samarinda and from the Production Forest Utilization Monitoring Center (BP2HP) of West Kalimantan.
On the first day, participants gained basic knowledge related to global warming issues and the importance of reducing deforestation and degradation in tropical forests as climate change mitigation efforts. Additionally, participants were introduced to concepts of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV), forest inventory, and measuring and estimating carbon stocks, including developing local allometric equations. The second day was a field exercise to learn the techniques and strategies for data collection through forest and carbon inventory as well as the development of allometric equations. On the third day, participants exercised data processing of field inventory data. On the last day, participants were taught how to use the processed data for calculating baseline emissions in the region or area.
During the closing ceremony, the Head of District Service of Plantation and Forestry of Kapuas Hulu confirmed that it is important for stakeholders in the district to be able to conduct MRV accurately and credibly. Therefore, he suggested to the participants to practice, learn more and disseminate the knowledge that was explained and practised during the training. Additionally, he also mentioned the need of continued support from GIZ FORCLIME related to capacity development.
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Forest Carbon Senior Advisor