Cooperation - Republic of Indonesia and Federal Republic of Germany

The Story Continues! FORCLIME Photo Contest Exhibition


FORCLIME’s online photo contest 2011 was crowned with success. We received more than 2600 photographs. The winners of the GIZ’s FORCLIME Photo Contest were presented at an exhibition from 15th to 23rd December 2011 in the Ministry of Forestry in Jakarta. The exhibition travelled on to Samarinda and was shown with great success at the Provincial Library from 13th to 17th February  2012.

And the story continues: FORCLIME is proud to announce two more events scheduled for March and April 2012:

12 - 16 March 2012, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)  
FORCLIME Photo Contest Exhibition in conjunction with the JERIN (German Indonesian Weeks) exhibition.

18 April – 4 May 2012, Goethehaus Jakarta, Jl. Dr Sam Ratulangi No. 9 - 15 Gondangdia, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat.
FORCLIME Photo Contest Exhibition in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. The exhibition will also display the winning photographs of the Biodiversity special award, and photographs of the “honourable mention” category. A number of attractive side events is planned to complement the exhibition.

More information will be provided soon. Please check also our photo contest website for more details:

Engaging students in discussions about climate change and REDD+


At the Germany-Indonesia (JERIN) Expo which has been touring the country since October 2011 and was hosted by Samarinda from 13 to 17 February FORCLIME invited students from the Forestry Vocational High School and the public of Samarinda to discuss the issues of climate change and REDD+. The discussion took place at the Public Library of East Kalimantan on 15 February and was attended by 50 highly enthusiastic participants. As an introduction FORCLIME experts provided some explanations about the causes and impacts of climate change, international agreements and efforts in climate change mitigation through REDD+. They also talked about efforts which everyone can do individually. In the ensuing lively discussion the students asked critical questions, such as about the inconsistency of government policies for emission reduction given that there are still forest conversions for mining exploitation and oil palm, lack of commitment from the developed countries like the USA who refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, weak supervision and law enforcement in the forestry sector, etc.

The students also contributed their own experience with climate change mitigation activities:

I am proud that my friends and I have made use of air conditioning waste water, which contains a lot of methane gas, for cultivating oyster mushrooms. Our experience in developing oyster mushroom cultivation awarded us the first prize of the Scientific Writing Competition of the Forestry Schools in Indonesia. Waste water from AC appliances which contains greenhouse gas elements can be utilized for something productive.
(Ije, student of the Forestry High School in Samarinda)

In fact, from the comments of participants we learned that there are many efforts to improve environmental quality and emission reductions which are initiated by the community. Therefore, in order to protect the environment it is necessary to improve governance both at the level of government administration, but also by promoting community participation in such efforts. This is in line with the principles of 3S, namely: Starting from yourself, Starting from small actions, Starting right now...

The Germany-Indonesia (JERIN) Expo will be in Bandung from 12 -16 March at the ITB Campus Centre for its last display. It will be accompanied by a photo exhibition on forests provided by FORCLIME.

For more information, please contact:
Tunggul Butarbutar
Solichin Manuri 


Road show to develop the 2012 work plan for FORCLIME Component 2


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:

  1. Institutional strengthening of FMUs, capacity building related to FMU management, and preparing of FMU management plans;
  2. 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+;
  3. 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);
  4. 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.).  

For more information, please contact:
Helmut Dotzauer ( or
Tunggul Butarbutar ( or
Edy Marbyanto (



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