The Tarakan forest management unit (KPH Tarakan) is preparing a community-based ecotourism programme in its protection forest which will apply the “payment for environmental services concept”. The proposed ecotourism site is a reservoir, Embung Binalatung, which supplies clean water for the city of Tarakan in North Kalimantan. For the purpose of ecotourism development, the KPH Tarakan, supported by FORCLIME, conducted a study on detail engineering design (DED). The results of this study were presented by the consultant on 29 May 2020 using the MS Teams application. 15 participants joined the virtual meeting representing the Province Forestry Service, KPH Tarakan and FORCLIME.
The DED provides cost estimation with the specification of the designed items, as well as the estimation work schedule. Based on the study, KPH Tarakan will prepare a proposal for the provincial government and relevant parties to develop a payment for environmental services programme, called: “Green Slipi Ecotourism Embung Binalatung".
Following up from the meeting, the consultant will finalize the DED study report based on inputs collected during the event. Afterwards, the KPH Tarakan will arrange a meeting with relevant parties to develop a public-private partnership on ecotourism business development.