The East Kalimantan Provincial Forestry Service held a meeting on 29 September 2015 in Samarinda to disseminate the content of the new regulation of the governor (No.15/2014). This new regulation stipulates conscientious and goal oriented development of the village forest, taking into account objectives and technical principles of village forest development. The activity is supported by FORCLIME, The Nature Conservancy and WWF Indonesia East Kalimantan, and attended by 60 representatives of the local and provincial governments, the Technical Implementing Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and local and international NGOs active in Samarinda.
In his speech, Wiratno, Director of the Preparation Area for Social Forestry at the General Directorate of Social Forestry and Partnership at the MoEF, emphasized that well managed village forests are vital for the community's economy: "One of the growth of the community's economy is economic activities of the people living in the surrounding forests. And well-managed village forests is a tremendous opportunity for development of the available local products to improve the community’s welfare".
Other issues shared during the meeting included experiences and lessons learned from previous activities in village forest development. In addition, also discussed the implications of the implementation of the new Law No. 23/2014 on local government towards forest management at local level.
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Ali Mustofa, Adviser for Community-Based Forest Management
The Center of Training and Education for Human Resources (HR Training) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in collaboration with GIZ FORCLIME conducted the National Jamboree 2015 of forestry vocational (SMKK) schools with the theme "Through togetherness, let’s save the forests for the future". The main objective of this event, which took place from 17-21 August at Mount Gede Pangrango National Park, was to inspire SMKK students with the spirit of a forester and increase students’ awareness on natural resource conservation. Students were also encouraged to share their knowledge and skills on forestry related topics.
The National Jamboree was attended by 300 participants, consisting of 200 SMKK students, 40 teachers, 20 SMKK principals, 10 Japanese students, 10 students from Kornita IPB high school, as well as some government officials, private companies and academia.
Activities during the Jamboree included: (1) exhibition of forestry products made by the vocational forestry schools; (2) introduction of the National Park of Mount Gede Pangrango; (3) Competition and group exercise for awareness raising on conservation of natural resources and ecosystems (including flora and fauna inventories, or identification of ecotourism potentials); (4) performances by SMKK students such as dances and martial arts from their respective regions.
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Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager for Human Capacity Development
The Betung Kerihun National Park (BKNP) management signed an MoU on collaborative management with the representatives of five Ketemenggungan (Dayak sub-tribe institutions) adjacent to the conservation areas to conserve the park areas and biodiversity resources. This collaboration is necessary to cope with continuous challenges faced by the national park.
In order to support capacity building of involved parties, FORCLIME facilitated a training on Participatory Conservation Planning (PCP) for technical and field staff of the BKNP, the forest management unit of Kapuas Hulu (KPH Kapuas Hulu) and Sebatopa, representatives from the five Ketemenggungan. The 37 participants are going to conduct a consultation at their respective institutions/sites following the training. For the consultation, they will apply the PCP’s 6S tool to evaluate the following aspects: System i.e. conservation targets; Stress - the condition or viability of the conservation targets; Sources being factors affecting stress for the conservation targets; Strategy - what should be done to improve or maintain the condition of the conservation targets and to eliminate threats or source of stress; Stakeholders being persons or parties who can support strategy implementation as well as conservation beneficiaries; and Success - the indicator for improved condition of the conservation target, threat elimination and capacity to implement the conservation strategy.
The results from this consultation conducted at the respective institutions/sites, are going to be presented by every training participant. By that, they will share their experiences and learn from each other with regards to applying the PCP’s 6S tool.
The BKNP manager, Arif, is very supportive of this training and the follow up planning. He expects results from the field practices will become valuable inputs for BKNP management to develop a master plan for community development. Every national park has to have a master plan for community development, including BKNP.
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Ismet Khaeruddin, strategic area manager for biodiversity conservation and protected areas
Kartika Karlina, adviser for biodiversity conservation