Jakarta – Tarakan, 18 – 22 October 2010

A dialogue on sustainable forest management in Indonesia was organized by the Forests and Climate Change Programme (FORCLIME) for a Vietnamese Delegation consisting of government forestry officials, private sector representatives and GTZ Vietnam Forestry Programme staff.  Part of the programme was a two-day field visit to a FSC-certified forest concession in Tarakan, East Kalimantan. The study tour focussed  especially on environmental safeguards in applying sustainable forest management, and applying reduced impact logging with a potential of enhancing carbon stocks. The progamme was carried out from 18 to 22 October 2010.

Objectives of the dialogue on SFM included learning and exchanging experience on: SFM at policy making and implementation levels; national certification development; process of obtaining forest management certification; process of developing the Indonesian timber legality assurance system; process and progress on FLEGT-VPA negotiation with the European Union. Additionally, the objective of the dialogue and the study tour was to establish cooperation between the Forestry Directorate and Dak To Forest Company and their representative Indonesian partners.

Key outcome of the dialogue and study tour will be a road map to develop learning exchange network among South East Asian countries on sustainable forest management and related issues including certification and REDD+ implementation.

The organization of the dialogue and study tour was supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, in close collaboration with the GTZ FORCLIME and the Indonesian Eco-labelling Institute (LEI).