In an effort to solicit input as regards the identification of locations suitable for pilot villages for the implementation of various activities, FORCLIME held an online coordination meeting with the Wasur Lestari Foundation on September 9, 2021. The Wasur Lestari Foundation has gained considerable experience in the implementation of community empowerment-related activities in and around the Wasur National Park. The Wasur Lestari Foundation is a partner of the Wasur National Park Office and aims to strengthen community empowerment programmes around the national park. Knowledge and experience gained by the Wasur Lestari Foundation, including in relation to the utilization of non-timber forest products (NTFPs), will be used as a reference during the establishment of the pilot villages.
“Facilitating communities in the development of NTFPs is seen as vital and thus the support of all relevant parties, including FORCLIME, is being sought,” said Paschalina Rahwarin, Director of the Wasur Lestari Foundation.
The Wasur National Park is located in Merauke Regency within the southeastern part of Papua Province. This national park comprises a nature conservation area with an extremely high level of biodiversity, including 403 bird species, 74 of which are endemic to Papua and 114 of which are categorized as protected species.
For more information, please contact:
Theodora F. Resubun, Advisor for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua Province
Mohammad Sidiq, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua and West Papua Provinces