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
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
A Titan arum or Amorphophallus titanum, called Bunga Bangkai in the local Dayak language, was spotted during a two-day training on rehabilitation of old cocoa trees at Ukit Ukit village in Kapuas Hulu district, West Kalimantan. This plant with the unpleasant odor similar to a rotten animal, is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN Red List).
It was found in an old mixed secondary forest consisting of high fruit and crop trees such as durian, rambutan, cocoa and rubber trees, close to the river banks of Labian River. As the plant is very sensitive to habitat changes, the presence of Bunga Bangkai in the forest shows that the soil condition is good, biodiversity is rich, and there is an ecological balance.
FORCLIME supports community groups in Kapuas Hulu district including 12 agroforestry farmers from Ukit Ukit and Labian Iraan villages to improve their capacities in agroforestry system.
For more information about FORCLIME’s agroforestry activities in Kapuas Hulu, please contact:
Karl Jaeger, Development Adviser for Green Economy