With the intention of improving the capacity of decision makers associated with Forest Management Unit (FMU) development, the Directorate General of Forestry Planning supported by GIZ-FORCLIME organized a study tour and expert dialogue on the implementation of forest management in Germany. The visited Forest Management Unit is one of the State Forest Enterprise Hessen Forst, which manages most of the forests in the State of Hessen - Germany. Participants included policy maker officials from the central (Ministry of Forestry) and local (Forest Service) levels, as well as future heads of FMUs (candidates of FMUs). The visit and dialogue took place from 7 - 17 December 2011.
The purpose of the visit was to provide policy makers related to the implementation of FMUs with information how FMUs operate in Germany. It is expected that lessons learned from the visit and the intensive dialogues give inspiration and ideas for further development of the FMUs in Indonesia .
Topics presented in the dialogue included, among others, forestry planning, institutional and administrative structures of the forest service and issues related to forest policy and politics.
During the field visits and the presentations in the FMU Herborn, the group was received by the Deputy Mayor (Vize-B űrgermeisterin), Mrs. Elisabeth Fuhrlander, at the City Hall of Dillenburg. The city of Dillenburg is located within the administrative area of the FMU Herborn where community forests are entrusted to be managed by Hessen Forst. In a meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Herborn he expressed satisfaction over the management of their forests, which belong to the citizens of Herborn, managed by Hessen Forst.
FORCLIME together with the Directorate General of Forestry Planning has several times organized study tours and held dialogues with the Forest Management Unit of Herborn in Hessen, Germany. The activities are conducted in order to share experiences in managing forests, mainly associated with the development of KPH in Indonesia.
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Senior Policy Adviser
From 30 November – 1 December 2011 a workshop on Capacity Building in Community Empowerment Programmes took place at the Forestry Training Centre of Samarinda. This event was a collaboration of GIZ FORCLIME, the Forestry Training Centre of Samarinda and WWF West Kutai Programme. The objectives of this workshop were to identify the capacity building needs in the Community Empowerment Programmes at various levels (system and policy level, network, organisation and individual levels). The event was attended by approximately 35 people from government agencies, private companies, academics, NGOs, ad hoc forestry institutions and representatives of local communities.
Some focal issues discussed in this workshop were: (a) The need of deregulation or decentralization of licensing for the development of Village Forest (Hutan Desa) / Community Forest (Hutan Kemasyarakatan) considering that the current licensing bureaucracy is felt by the community to be too long-winded and complicated; (b) the need to prepare a roadmap for the development of Village / Community Forest and to establish an Acceleration Working Group that involves national and regional stakeholders; (c) the need to establish an incentive system for regional governments and the communities to support the development of Village / Community Forest; (d) the need to establish an acceleration mechanism for the determination of both forest zone and village boundaries and to resolve tenurial conflicts; (e) the need to develop standardisation and synchronisation of data (including spatial data) between national and regional levels; (f) the need to develop a learning network for information sharing and capacity development, mainly for training; (g) modification of curricula for Village / Community forest training in accordance with the local context; (h) institutional strengthening of forestry extension services; (i) increasing the quality and quantity of forestry extension workers; (j) pushing for the allocation of budget in central and regional government to support the development of Village / Community Forest Programmes.
At the end of the workshop, participants agreed to reactivate the Discussion Forum on Community Based Forest Management (CBFM), which had been idle during the last 2 years. In the future, the CBFM Forum will be handled by the East Kalimantan Working Group on REDD+ and the Regional Forestry Council of East Kalimantan in collaboration with the Forestry Training Center of Samarinda. The first meeting is planned to be held in January 2012. The CBFM Forum will be directed to discuss in a step-wise manner various issues and solutions for problems related to capacity development in Village / Community Forest Programmes as identified in the workshop.
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Senior Advisor for Sustainable Forest Management
On 15 December 2011 the FORCLIME photo exhibiton was successfully launched in the entrance hall of the Ministry of Forestry. The exhibition was opened by Secretary General, Dr. Hadi Daryanto, on behalf of the Minister of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan, SE., MM. The event was also the occasion for the award ceremony for the winners of the FORCLIME Online Photo Contest 2011. Among the distinguished guests was the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Indonesia who witnessed the event and handed over the prizes for the winners of the online voting.
Prizes were awarded for the twelve winning photos, six each in the categories “A day in the forest” and “Forests and People”. All winning photos as well as the runners-up are displayed at the FORCLIME Photo Exhibition, from December 15th until December 23rd at the Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia, Lobby Block 1, Manggala Wanabakti, Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta. The exhibition will be open for the public daily from 8 am to 5pm.
The Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and FORCLIME collaboratively conducted FORCLIME’s Online Photo Contest as part of the International Year of Forests 2011 celebrations in Indonesia.