Cooperation - Republic of Indonesia and Federal Republic of Germany

Advanced GIS training for stakeholders in the Heart of Borneo region

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In collaboration with the District Forestry Service of Malinau and WWF, GIZ-FORCLIME conducted an advanced GIS training (GIS II) for government officials in the Heart of Borneo region, which included national park agencies,  forestry service  and other relevant local government agencies.  The training took place from 13 – 17 February 2012 in Malinau, East Kalimantan.

In his opening remarks the Head of Malinau Forestry Service, Ir. Gerald A. Silooy, emphasized the need for advanced methods for data collection and analysis, such as remote sensing, to improve forest management. The training aimed at improving participants’ understanding of technical concepts and advanced GIS applications to be applied in their work in natural resource management in the HoB area. This included an analysis and classification of a range of environmental parameters such as slope gradient, daily rainfall patterns, soil types, etc. in order to assess vulnerability to degradation. Participants then used such differentiated classification to determine protected forest areas according to the relevant regulation (Minister of Agriculture decree No. 837/Kpts/Um/11/1980). In the training participants practiced advanced methods for raster and vector data processing using ArcGIS 10. They will be able to apply their newly acquired skills also in other areas of data generation and analysis such as for combining image interpretation with field data sets for classifying smaller watersheds and water flows, for verifying actual forest area status or boundaries.
The training materials had been developed by GIZ technical experts based at the GIS Service Center (GSC) of the Provincial Forestry Service of West Kalimantan and modified using local data of East Kalimantan and Malinau District.

For more information, please contact:
Heinz Terhorst: heinz.terhorst@eco-consult.com
Timo Beiermann: timo.beiermann@giz.de
Budi Susanto: budi.susanto@giz.de

The Story Continues! FORCLIME Photo Contest Exhibition

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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: http://forclime-photocontest.com/

Engaging students in discussions about climate change and REDD+

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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 

 

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