Ms. Klothilde Sikun, expert with GIZ FORCLIME from Kapuas Hulu District, has won the regional competition, held from 1 to 3 May in Pontianak, to become Environmental Ambassador 2013 of West Kalimantan province. The competition is one of the efforts of the government to raise awareness among young people about the importance of environmental management and protection. During the questions and answers session Ms. Sikun focused on four topics: forests and biodiversity, participatory mapping, climate change and community livelihood. These are issues that have been the focus of FORCLIME activities in the pilot districts, one of which is Kapuas Hulu.
The competition at the province level featured 27 finalists from 13 districts in West Kalimantan Province. Every district was represented by a male and a female contendant, apart from one district which only sent one representative. With Ms. Sikun as finalist from Kapuas Hulu the district made it into the top ten finalists at the province level for the first time. The Head of Kapuas Hulu Environmental Agency, Dini Ardianto, expressed his appreciation of Ms. Sikun representing the district and succeeding at the highest level to become the West Kalimantan Environmental Ambassador for 2013.
Congratulations Klothilde! This is the result of your hard work and great efforts to promote FORCLIME's agenda and activities in Kapuas Hulu district.
The annual Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of FORCLIME was held on Friday 26 April 2013, chaired by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Forestry (MoF), Dr. Hadi Daryanto. During the PSC meeting, both the Technical Cooperation (TC) and Financial Cooperation (FC) module presented their progress reports 2012 and their annual work plans for 2013. The meeting was attended by the PSC members, representatives from the GIZ and KfW Indonesia offices, the Programme’s management board and advisers of the TC and FC modules.
The PSC meeting endorsed the Annual Work Plans of both modules. Additionally, the PSC members including Dr. Basah Hernowo from BAPPENAS witnessed the signing ceremony of the Implementation Agreement for the Phase-2 of the Technical Cooperation (TC module). Signatories of the document were the Secretary General of the MoF, Dr. Hadi Daryanto, the Deputy Country Director of GIZ, Mr. Ralf Sanftenberg, the Head of the Planning Bureau of MoF, Mr. Helmi Basalamah, and the FORCLIME (TC) Programme Director, Mr. Rolf Krezdorn.
The IndoGreen Forestry Expo is a special annual forestry event hosted by the Ministry of Forestry. This year’s expo was held on 4 to 7 April 2013 at the Jakarta Convention Center. FORCLIME, for the first time, was present with its own booth located inside the Ministry of Forestry booth complex.
Special attraction and centerpiece of FORCLIME’s booth was a huge touch screen where visitors could obtain information about FORCLIME’s activities implemented in its three pilot districts, namely Malinau and Berau (East Kalimantan) and Kapuas Hulu (West Kalimantan). Among the visitors to the booth were some high ranking officials from the Ministry of Forestry, namely Secretary General, Director General of Forestry Business Development, Director General of Watershed Management and Social Forestry, Director General of Forestry Human Resources Development, and some of the directors from the technical units in the Ministry of Forestry.
On 4 April FORCLIME conducted a talkshow on the topic of Community Empowerment. Panelists included Saleh Waang, the Head of Setulang village in Malinau, East Kalimantan, Edy Marbyanto from GIZ FORCLIME and Diah Rahardjo from the Multi-stakeholders Forestry Programme (MFP). The head of Setulang village shared his experience about the importance of the forest to the Dayak Kenyah in Setulang village where their life depends on the presence of the protection forest (tane olen). Edy Marbyanto explained the role of FORCLIME in facilitating the process of Setulang village to obtain a permit for managing its forest through the Village Forest (Hutan Desa) scheme.