Cooperation - Republic of Indonesia and Federal Republic of Germany

Final workshop to support the revision of the guideline for forest management inventory on FMU level

On March 16-17, 2016 GIZ FORCLIME supported the Directorate for Forest Resource Inventory and Monitoring (IPSDH) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in conducting the final workshop of a series of workshops on the revision of the guideline for forest management inventories on FMU level. More than 40 forestry experts from MoEF, universities, FMUs, FAO and GIZ came together for a two-day workshop full of intensive plenary and group work discussions. The experts provided final inputs for a new ‘minimum standard for forest management inventories’ compiled by GIZ FORCLIME and ForestEye consultants from the University of Goettingen, Germany.

On the first day, ForestEye Dr. Lutz Fehrmann from the University of Goettingen presented the draft minimum standard. Representatives from three Technical Implementation Units (Balai Pemantapan Kawasan Hutan – BPKH) of DG of Forestry Planning and Environmental Management (Planologi Kehutanan dan Tata Lingkungan) who are currently in charge of implementing forest inventories on FMU level presented their experiences from the field including challenges in implementation and further suggestions for improvement. IPSDH gave an overview about the regulatory framework related to forest inventories. The second day was dedicated to further in-depth discussions in four working groups on sampling design, implementation, inventory data management and complex data compilation such as socio-economic, ecological, biodiversity and other data.

As next step, the inputs from the workshop, especially the results from the working group discussions, will be incorporated in the draft minimum standard. Ultimately in April 2016 the minimum standard will be handed over to IPSDH as GIZ FORCLIME’s contribution to IPSDH’s final compilation of the revised guideline for forest inventories on FMU level which is expected to be endorsed in 2017.

For further information please contact:
Tobias Goedde, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management

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

Aiming at capacity development in terms of SFM through forest certification (FSC) , FORCLIME collaborates with The Borneo Initiative (TBI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  The team conducted site visits in three forest concessions within the Forest Management Unit (FMU) Berau Barat on February 29 until March 4. The three forest concessions are PT. Damai Utama Timber (UDIT), PT. Wana Bhakti Utama (WBPU) and PT Aditya Kirana Mandiri (AKM). The activity is one of FORCLIME’s strategic area ‘SFM’ that is located in the FMU Berau Barat in East Kalimantan. The support has been initiated since 2013 to obtain the SFM certificate from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

The FMU Berau Barat  covers approximately 780,000 hectares. Almost 50% of the area is categorized as limited production forest (Hutan Produksi Terbatas – HPT) and production forest (Hutan Produksi – HP). Within the FMU Berau Barat there are 12 forest concessions (natural forest/plantation forest). Therefore, the implementation of SFM by concessions is crucial to mitigate climate change.

During the preparation phase the concessions are conducting (i) some trainings to improve human capacity and (ii) a study on High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF). However, there are some obstacles and challenges the companies have to deal with in order to obtain the FSC certificate, for example related to work safety and environmental management. Hence, a more detailed work plan will be set up  with the goal of moving towards the main assessment for FSC certification in 2016. The immediate next step of the forest concession companies is conducting meetings between the management of the companies with their collaboration partners TBI and TNC in order to address the urgent issues at hand.

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

German Ambassador visits the Training Center of Environment and Forestry and Forestry Vocational School in Samarinda

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN, Dr. Georg Witschel, visited East Kalimantan Province on March 14 to 16, 2016. During the visit, his stopover was visiting the Training Centre of Environment and Forestry (BDLHK) Samarinda and the Forestry vocational school (SMKK) in Samarinda. A special welcoming dance, tari Enggang, performed by female students of the SMKK Samarinda greeted the Ambassador and his delegation.

During the welcoming speech, the Head of BDLHK Samarinda delivered an overview of training programs organized by BDLHK Samarinda and explained current cooperation with FORCLIME including the development of blended learning on conflict mapping and capacity development of lecturers (Widyaiswara) through training and study visit to Germany.

In his speech, the German Ambassador expressed his appreciation for the cooperation that has developed in the development of human resource capacity forestry and expected the initiatives that have been developed will be followed up with the aim to achieving the sustainable forestry development in Indonesia. During his visit to BDLHK, the Ambassador of Germany having dialogue with the Bakti Rimbawan, young foresters who are assigned to work with the Forest Management Unit. Additionally, the Ambassador also visiting classes and talking to students of the Forestry Vocational School of Samarinda.

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

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