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FORCLIME support to conflict mediation in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan

On March, 22nd 2016, the two village communities Menua Sadap and Pulau Manak in Kapuas Hulu District celebrated the agreement over their administrative village boundaries by carrying out a special adat ceremony based on their customary traditions to symbolize the end of a long-standing boundary dispute. The event, where the first boundary demarcation was inaugurated, was organized in close collaboration with the sub-district government who had played an important facilitation role during the mediation process. The process that lead to this important milestone was further supported by the non-government organization Working Group Tenure (WGT), who guided the conflict mediation, as well as the Forests and Climate Change Program (FORCLIME). Key representatives from both the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, district governmental institutions as well as community leaders and members attended the ceremony and expressed their appreciation to all parties involved in finding the agreement.

Clear administrative boundaries are an important prerequisite for a village to receive government funds. Yet, due to overlapping customary historical land use claims between the Dayak Iban and the Dayak Embaloh ethnic groups, boundary demarcation could not be finalised in the past. Several mediation attempts had been made by civil society organisations before, but only now, with multi-stakeholder support from WGT, FORCLIME, the sub-district government, and of course the two communities themselves, a solution acceptable for all actors involved could be found. The mediation process was conducted in several stages such as: Joint assessment of the situation and establishment of a mediation team in each village; determination of the demographic and boundary status; participatory mapping of the areas with unclear status; discussion of mapping results among all relevant stakeholders and decision on final boundary outline; and at last the signing of the official agreement on village boundaries.

“We are very grateful that the village boundaries are set now, this makes the village administration complete”, stated Mr. Husin, Head of Menua Sadap village. The District Secretary of Kapuas Hulu reminded the participants of the event that “the village boundaries which have already been agreed upon must not be denied but jointly followed. If the village boundaries are not clear this will have a big influence on the availability of village funds.” He therefore stressed the “joint commitment” needed in order to “support the development success of each village.”

In a next step, the final village map is going to be officially handed over to the District Government. Furthermore, WGT and FORCLIME are currently discussing additional fields for collaboration with Kapuas Hulu District, including the establishment of a sub-national mechanism for conflict resolution. District stakeholders generally welcomed this initiative, as despite successful ways of addressing conflicts among customary adat communities, clear mechanisms to resolve conflicts that need to be handled beyond the village level still need to be established in Indonesia.

For more information, please contact:
Nina-Maria Gaiser, Junior Advisor GIZ FORCLIME, or Asep Firdaus, Advisor WGT

The Forestry Service of Malinau District initiates a coordination meeting to discuss the RAD-GRK strategic plan of North Kalimantan

The Forestry Service of Malinau District conducted a coordination meeting with the district’s Climate Change Working Group on March 22. The meeting, which took place at the Malinau District Government office, was conducted in collaboration with FORCLIME Technical and Financial Cooperation. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the draft decree to establish a Technical Team for Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) in the district. In addition, participants of the meeting also discussed the development strategy of the Regional Action Plan for Greenhouse Gas Reduction (RAD-GRK) for North Kalimantan Province. The meeting involved the Provincial Government of North Kalimantan, Malinau District Government, representatives of the Forest Management Unit (FMU) Malinau, as well as other organizations with activities in Malinau such as WWF, FORCLIME TC and FC.

As a result of the coordination meeting, it was agreed to establish a communication protocol between the district and provincial technical teams associated with the preparation of the RAD-GRK.

For further information, please contact:
Ali Mustofa, Technical Adviser, Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) ;

Stakeholders of West Kalimantan province provide their views on the draft law on Natural Resources Conservation and its Ecosystems

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (KLHK) and the Government of West Kalimantan Province invited key stakeholders of the province to participate in public consultations on the draft revision of Law No. 5/1990 on Natural Resources Conservation and its Ecosystems. The event, which took place from 21-22 March 2016 in Pontianak, was organized by KLHK in cooperation with the Provincial Government of West Kalimantan, the Community Forestry Communication Forum (FKKM), WWF-Indonesia, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Indonesia, Yayasan Titian, and GIZ-FORCLIME.

During the consultations, the Minister's Special Adviser on Inter-Institutional Relations at KLHK, Ilyas Asaad, explained that "efforts to revise Law 5/1990 had already been initiated in 2003. Later, a multi-stakeholder writing team was formed to facilitate revision of the law". This team has produced an academic paper and a draft revision of Law 5/1990 on Biodiversity Conservation and its Ecosystems. In addition, the team has conducted a series of public consultations in several regions, such as: Java (Jakarta), Sumatra (Medan), Sulawesi (Makassar) and Papua (Jayapura).

Since Law no. 5/1990 had first been issued 26 years ago, Indonesia has undergone many developments. Therefore the law needs to be updated in order to accommodate for changed practices in natural resource conservation and management, in particular regarding community participation and the integration of local wisdom. In addition, the old legislation does not yet include genetic resources as a potential of biodiversity, which has to be managed as the object of conservation.

For further information, please contact:
Ismet Khaeruddin, Strategic Area Manager, Biodiversity and Management of Protected Areas, FORCLIME
Hayunieta, BKSDA Kalimantan Barat
Albertus Tjiu, WWF-Indonesia

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