Following up previous meeting on the evaluation of young forester programme (Bakti Rimbawan) 2021, the Human Resources Planning and Development Center (Pusrenbang) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) together with FORCLIME conducted a coordination meeting on 23 June 2021 to discuss preparation for the evaluation of the programme. The meeting, which carried out online and offline, was opened by Dr Iwan Setiawan, the Head of Planning, Development and Evaluation of non-apparatus HR, Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
The evaluation of the Bakti Rimbawan programme will focus on the following subjects:
1. Analysis of the scope of work of the Bakti Rimbawan programme;
2. Analysis of the programme impact to the Forest Management Units (KPH);
3. Challenges and constraints of the Bakti Rimbawan Programme, including pre-placement, post-placement, and the impact of the Ombudsman law and the Government Regulation 23/2021 toward the Bakti Rimbawan programme;
4. Sustainability and exit strategy of the Bakti Rimbawan Programme, including policies, institutions, and programmes.
One of the keys that will determine the success of the 2021 Forest Service Program evaluation is the determination of the location. There needs to be representation from provinces that are ready and not ready to finance the Forest Service Program independently. During the meeting, Dr Iwan Setiawan proposed criteria for site selection based on 1) Revenue Sharing Funds for Forestry Natural Resources-Reforestation Funds (DBH-DR) from provincial governments; and 2) FMUs that are already financially independent. In this case, there are four provinces that can be used as models, namely the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY), Central Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, and East Kalimantan. Some other potential provinces are Lampung, West Nusa Tenggara, West Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, Papua and West Papua.
“Of course, we want to see how big the impact and the presence of this Bakti Rimbawan Programme towards the FMU, as well as its sustainability. Additionally, we want the Program to be adopted by the provincial government as well. We hope that there will be alternative policies for the Programme in the regions that we can propose after evaluation result is completed," said Dr Iwan Setiawan.
The coordination meeting also agreed on a schedule for the evaluation. The evaluation report is expected to be completed in September 2021.