With the intention to extend the understanding on biochar application, FORCLIME together with its partners from East and West Kalimantan visited the experimental station of the Soil Research Department of the Center of Agricultural Research and Development of East Lampung. The purpose of the visit was to see potential benefits of biochar for improving land productivity and carbon sequestration. Participants visited and studied the biochar facility from the application to agricultural land and management of plantations and forestry, and the possibility for application at an operational scale.
The group of seven visitors was composed of members of the Soil Lab of Mulawarman University in East Kalimantan, the Plantation Service of East Kalimantan, the Forest Management Unit (FMU) of West Berau (East Kalimantan), the FMU of Kapuas Hulu (West Kalimatan), and GIZ FORCLIME advisors.
The participants obtained comprehensive information and knowledge about various aspects of biochar, such as production techniques, application in various sectors of land use, carbon sequestration, and bioenergy that may be obtained from the application of biochar.
Currently FORCLIME initiates cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry, University of Mulawarman to study the potential application of biochar to mitigate the effects of climate change. The cooperation includes capacity building, research and publications.
Biochar is charcoal produced from burning biomass through the process of thermochemical decomposition of organic material at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen (Pyrolysis). The use of biological charcoal (Biochar) is considered a breakthrough that can contribute to emission reduction, carbon storage, and soil improvement.
Further information, please contact:
Tunggul Butarbutar, Strategic Area Manager for FMU Development
The District Project Management Unit (DPMU) of FORCLIME in Malinau held a two week training on Sustainable Livelihood Assessment (SLA) in June 2013. The Training was for 15 village facilitators from Bahau Hulu and Pujungan sub-districts and DPMU staffn and had two parts; class sessions took place at the Malinau City Hotel and field sessions in the three villages Long Bila, Long Kenipe and Sentaban. The Head of the District Forestry Service opened the workshop and expected that all participants will improve and practice their facilitation skills, however, not only to support FORCLIME but also for their village development activities.
Two experienced trainers from the Farmers’ Initiative for Ecological Livelihood and Democracy (FIELD) Indonesia based in Jakarta brought fun and attractive training atmosphere to the training. The first three days, the participant got basic information about the FORCLIME FC programme delivered by representatives of the FORCLIME National Project Management Unit (NPMU) and topics on how to raise self-confidence and communication skills. The next part was more related to what data should be collected in each village such as water cycle, village ecosystem, ground check (village sketch), seasonal calender, trend analysis, institutional analysis, gender and future plans. The whole material was linked to each other aimig at the “big picture” on potentials and challenges of the villages. Futhermore, this data will be use as a base line develop Demonstration Activities (DA) proposals related to quick and long-term investments on REDD+.
For more info, please contact:
Indah Astuti, Expert on Community Participatory and Governance - DPMU
Karlina Kartika, Adviser for Community Based Forest Management – TC Module
The Ministry of Forestry has invited FORCLIME to present its activities and results at the exhibition during the United Nations Collaborative Program’s 10th Policy Board meeting on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UNREDD+ Programme) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) meeting which took place from the 26th of June to the 1st of July 2013 in Lombok. The purpose of the exhibition was to disseminate information to the international community on the activities implemented in Indonesia with regard to climate change.
Beside FORCLIME, there are other institutions that presented at the side event, such as FORDA, ICRAF, CIFOR, TNC, Mataram University and local community groups.
At the exhibition, FORCLIME presented its activities in the three pilot districts Berau and Malinau in East Kalimantan and Kapuas Hulu in West Kalimantan. Among other information, FORCLIME distributed the report of the analysis of Land Use Change and Historical Carbon Emission Level in the Districts of West Kalimantan and East Kalimantan for the years 1990 to 2010.
For more detail about the report, please contact:
Dr. Helmut Dotzauer, Strategy Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management
More publications produce by FORCLIME can be downloaded from the website http://www.forclime.org/en/media-and-publication