The Province of West Kalimantan gets ready for independent forest management units
With the intention of preparing independent Forest Management Units (Kesatuan Pengelolaan Hutan-KPH), the West Kalimantan Provincial Forestry Service together with the Kapuas Hulu District Government and FORCLIME conducted a training on Entrepreneurship and Business Development for Forest Management Units on 3 to 7 September in Putussibau, West Kalimantan. The training aims to improve knowledge and skills in identifying business opportunities, analyzing value chains and preparing business plans for selected non-timber forest products. Training participants, 31 people, represented the KPH Kapuas Hulu Utara, KPH Kapuas Hulu Timur, KPH Kapuas Hulu Selatan, the Village Forest Management Board, the Extension staff of the Forestry Service, the Betung Kerihun Danau Sentarum National Park and local NGOs.
During the training participants identified non-timber forest products from the KPH area that will be selected as the focus for business activities. As part of the training, participants visited the tengkawang (light red meranti) processing industry and the rubber collection depot. During the visit, participants also conducted interviews with farmers, collectors and traders at each stage of the tengkawang and rubber processing chain. Both are West Kalimantan commodities and have competitive economic value.
After the training, a coaching session will be provided for participants during the preparation of the business plan, additionally, advanced training will be arranged.
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Created: Friday, 21 September 2018
Jumtani, Province Coordinator West Kalimantan
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager, Human Capacity Development
Expert dialogue on forest rehabilitation in Germany
By implementing a study tour to Germany from August 27th to September 4th 2018 FORCLIME arranged another expert exchange among Indonesian forestry professionals with German colleagues. Participants were 14 representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Jakarta as well as provincial forest services in North, West and East Kalimantan. Overarching topic of the journey of this year to destinations in northern and eastern Germany was forest landscape rehabilitation covering issues like historical background of re-afforestation in central Europe, tree seed procurement, forest tree nursery management and re-afforestation of critical lands including post mining areas. These issues were touched in order to demonstrate approaches and technical solutions to provide inspiration and to spark discussions on forest landscape rehabilitation matters in Indonesia. Furthermore there was ample opportunity to familiarise oneself with legal frame work and general forest administration setup in Germany and structures and procedures of a Forest Management Unit (FMU) in the German state of Lower Saxony. As a result it turned out that the overall challenges to sustainable forest management in a densely populated country are similar though framework conditions and technical details differ a lot.
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Created: Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Lutz Hofheinz, Senior Adviser for Forest Management Unit
Pipin Permadi, Adviser for Forest Policy and Strategic Planning
The West Kalimantan Province discussed regulation on light red meranti utilization and its trade system
For the purpose of sustainable utilization of non-timber forest products, the West Kalimantan Provincial Forestry Service conducted a workshop on the Policy on Utilization and Trading of Non-Timber Forest Products of light red meranti (tengkawang) on August 30 in Pontianak, West Kalimantan. 31 participants representing the technical units of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, tengkawang practitioners and farmers in West Kalimantan participated in the workshop. The event was organized by the West Kalimantan Provincial Forestry Service together with FORCLIME and the Kalimantan Tengkawang Network.
The workshop aims to discuss policies related to the Tengkawang trade system. In addition, this meeting was also to share experience of the Tengkawang Kalimantan Network in tengkawang processing and marketing.
Next to economic value, Tengkawang nut has an important cultural meaning for locals and is referred to as the “tree of life”. The nut can be processed into vegetable oil, while its derivatives can be used as basic ingredients for producing food, lubricants, waxes, medicine and cosmetics. Tengkawang/meranti tree which is an endemic plant of West Kalimantan is the species of red meranti (Shorea stenoptera).
In addition to data and information on tengkawang production from various places in West Kalimantan, participants also made a list of recommendations related to the new Minister of Environment and Forestry Regulation No. P.20/MENHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/6/2018 concerning Protected Plants and Wildlife Species. In the previous regulation (PP 7/1999 concerning Protected of Plant and Wildlife Species), tengkawang tree was included as protected species, however, it has been excluded in the current ministerial regulation.
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Created: Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Jumtani, Province Coordinator West Kalimantan