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Young Professional Forester programme significantly contributes to improved operation at Forest Management Units (FMU)

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The Center for Planning and Development of Forestry Human Resources (Pusrenbang SDM), Ministry of Environment and Forestry and FORCLIME presented the results of a monitoring and evaluation assessment on the Young Professional Forester programme (Bakti Rimbawan) on October 17 in Jakarta. The meeting was attended by 25 representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Indonesian Ministry on National Development Planning (Bappenas), and FORCLIME.

The monitoring and evaluation assessment was conducted by a team of experts from Pusrenbang SDM and FORCLIME at nine Forest Management Units (Sungai Wain, Kapuas Hulu, Gularaya, Rinjani West, Canal Way, Bualemo, Jeneberang, Kerinci, and Wae Sapalewa). In addition to field visits, the monitoring and evaluation process also included an online survey. 645 young professional foresters and 27 FMU managers participated in the survey.

Findings from the assessment show that the young professional foresters provide a significant contribution to stimulating the operations of the FMUs. Moreover, it was reported that some of the young foresters even act as the "driving machine" within an FMU. However, it was also noted that the sustainability of this Young Professional Forester programme is vulnerable due to budget constraints, both at national and subnational levels.

The Head of Extension and Human Resource Development Agency (BP2SDM) said that this programme should be continued as these young foresters are seen as front liners for implementation of forest management programmes at the site level. Also, local governments should be involved more intensively in the further development of the Young Professional Forester programme.

For more information contact:
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager, Human Capacity Development

FORCLIME supports Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in the Forest Management Unit (FMU) Berau Barat

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FORCLIME continues cooperation and capacity development in the field of SFM through forest certification (SVLK/ PHPL/ FSC) in the FMU Berau Barat by collaborating with The Borneo Initiative (TBI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The team conducted site visits in three forest concessions within the FMU Berau Barat from September 28th until October 7th. The three forest concessions visited are PT. Utama Damai Timber (UDIT), PT. Wana Bhakti Utama (WBPU) and PT Aditya Kirana Mandiri (AKM).

The goal of fostering SFM and FMU development is tackled by intensively working together with sustainability certifiers aiming at involving local communities and the private sector. The activities include technical trainings, social impact studies and community participation. The studies, trainings and activities, that aim to being awarded one of the above mentioned forest certifications, are being monitored and supervised by a certification coach. Depending on the development of the forest concessions and their experience in SFM, the process of receiving the SFM forest certification varies individually. Some decisive factors include experience and start-up investment (e.g. forest and basic infrastructure in virgin natural production forests), which means there are major variations regarding the duration of operations in the concessions; some operate for more than 30 years already whereas others started operations only 5 years ago.

In terms of forest operations and Reduced Impact Logging to reduce emissions (RIL-C), all three concessions received the full RIL training. This has resulted in at least 25% emission reduction on 136,000 ha, according to the TNC Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) methodology.

For further information, please contact:
Tobias Goedde, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management
Suprianto, Technical Advisor for FMU development, Berau office

New publication on SIS-REDD+ operationalization in Indonesia


A new book titled “Safeguards Information System for REDD+ in Indonesia – Moving towards an Operational SIS-REDD+” has been published in September 2016. The publication was developed collaboratively between the Forest and Climate Change Programme (FORCLIME) and its Indonesian partners from the REDD+ Division at Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in Indonesia.

Since 2011, FORCLIME and MoEF have been working together to set up a Safeguards Information System for REDD+ (SIS-REDD+) in Indonesia as mandated in the UNFCCC’s decision at COP 16 in Cancun, and to ensure minimum negative impacts on people and the environment from REDD+ related activities. Through a multi-stakeholder process the seven Cancun safeguards were translated into the Indonesian context. This included an analysis of existing safeguards-related instruments in Indonesia (such as policies, regulations and practices), followed by the development of principles, criteria and indicators (PCI) for the SIS-REDD+. Furthermore, an assessment tool for REDD+ implementers to measure compliance with the REDD+ safeguard PCI was developed, and a web-platform presenting information on safeguards implementation established. While sub-national level implementation of the SIS-REDD+ has already been piloted in East Kalimantan and Jambi provinces, next steps include expansion of SIS-REDD+ operationalization throughout Indonesia, and the establishment of a legal umbrella framework for SIS-REDD+.

To communicate these valuable experiences and lessons learned to the wider REDD+ community, both in Indonesia and internationally, the REDD+ Division at MoEF and FORCLIME jointly developed the consolidated book “Safeguards Information System for REDD+ in Indonesia – Moving towards an Operational SIS-REDD+”.

The book can be downloaded via the FORCLIME website: Media and Publication

For further information, please contact:
Nina-Maria Gaiser, FORCLIME Junior Advisor


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