Cooperation - Republic of Indonesia and Federal Republic of Germany

SVLK & FSC Forest Certification: International Wood Trade Event in Surabaya January 25th – 26th, 2016

From January 25th to 26th forest certification received a boost through the International Wood Trade Event which took place in Surabaya under the motto: “Indonesian tropical hardwood products: Sustainable. Quality. Guaranteed.”

The Indonesian Association of Forest Concessionaires (APHI) together with The Borneo Initiative (TBI), of which both are GIZ FORCLIME collaboration partners in the strategic area of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), organized 2016’s event with particular emphasis on the environmental and social dimension in SFM. A great number of stakeholders ranging from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), NGOs such as Rainforest Alliance and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), as well as 19 overseas timber trading companies and 28 Indonesian wood processing industries attended the event.

Currently the Indonesian wood industry manufactures a variety of products such as wood panels (plywood), veneer, indoor flooring, outdoor decking, truck flooring, construction wood, doors and window frames, scantlings, and garden furniture.

The consensus reached among overseas traders and Indonesian producers was that quality and legal origin are key factors for building sustainable long-term business relations, increase trust towards Indonesian wood products among buyers from Europe and the US and thereby enlarge Indonesia’s market share in international markets.

GIZ FORCLIME is supporting the strengthening of SFM and REDD+ capacities in Indonesia, particularly on FMU level. Both the Timber Legality Verification ‘Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu’ (SVLK) and the Forest Stewardship Council’ (FSC) certification as well as Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) are effective parts of the SFM framework which is realized in collaboration with TBI and APHI amongst others.

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

FORCLIME supports the revision of the FMU forest inventory guideline

Staff members of the two Forest Management Units (FMU) Berau Barat and Gularaya, together with representatives from Forest Area Consolidation Center (Balai Pemantapan Kawasan Hutan - BPKH) in Samarinda, Pontianak and Palu as well as representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry have discussed with experts from the University of Göttingen/ Forest Eye Research, Germany, about the revision of the guideline for forest inventory on FMU level.

The training, which took place from 09 to 13 November in Bogor, mainly focused on (i) the possibilities to increase the effectiveness of the inventory methodology while ideally reducing inventory costs, and on (ii) the identification of practical inventory objectives for FMUs including the clear formulation of an inventory’s purpose.

The first day of discussions was followed by three practical training days. The technical training covered several topics, from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data managment to Remote Sensing. The training was supplemented with a field trip to a nearby forest area where the participants were introduced to a range of forest mensuration devices and techniques.

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

First Blended-Learning Training on “Conflict Mapping” successfully launched

On 1st of November 2015 the Center for Education and Training of Human Resources for Environment and Forestry (CFET) launched its first Blended Learning Training. This new training delivery method combines Online Learning with traditional face-to-face training. One of the advantages of Blended-Learning is to significantly reduce the time staff has to be out of the workplace. Nevertheless the participants are able to learn with high quality learning material and discuss online with trainers. Participants can access the material, discussion forums and chats through the newly designed Online Learning Management System “Moodle” (http://www.elearning.pusdiklathut.org). Moodle is like a virtual classroom, where participants can concentrate on the theoretical learning content but also reflect on their areas of responsibility

A special feature of this Blended Training is the fact that it is implemented jointly by 3 regional forestry training centers. Thousands of kilometers away from each other, trainers from Kalimantan (Samarinda), Sumatra (Pekanbaru) and East Nusa Tenggara (Kupang) can now meet online to facilitate the learning processes of the participants. Trainer and Online Tutor, Dr. Agus Setiawan, “We are so excited about this pilot training and thankful that GIZ FORCLIME supports us in the Blended Learning training development and implementation.” FORCLIME Strategic Area 5 has been assisting CFET, the regional forestry training centers and forestry vocational schools with the implementation of E-Learning since September 2014.

To mainstream Blended Learning successfully, the Center for Education and Training of Human Resources for Environment and Forestry (CFET) in Bogor has scheduled two additional new Blended Learning Trainings for the upcoming month. “REDD+ and Climate Change” and “Collaboration Management” will be offered to gain further experience with that new training delivery method and to proof its upscaling potentials to deliver high quality training to a large number of forestry staff in Indonesia and potentially in the ASEAN region.

For more information, please contact:
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager for Human Capacity Development
Anne-Cathrin Vonarx, Development Adviser for Human Capacity Development

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