With the purpose of strengthening the capacities of structural officials working for forestry agencies in Tanah Papua, FORCLIME held a series of Change Management and Leadership training sessions for officials in Forest Management Units (KPH), Forestry Service Branches (CDK) and Technical Implementing Units (UPT) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Papua and West Papua Provinces. The training sessions were intended to prepare structural officials in these agencies with knowledge and skills relating to leadership and the management of change so that they will subsequently be able to carry out their duties properly. These training sessions were facilitated by MDF Pacific Indonesia, an institution with experience in providing consulting, facilitation, evaluation, business development and partnership services worldwide.
The training sessions were carried out as a collaboration between FORCLIME and the Forestry and Environmental Service of Papua Province and the West Papua Provincial Forestry Service and were organized in two batches within each province. In Papua Province, the first batch was held in Jayapura from 29 August to 2 September 2022, while the second batch was held from 5 - 9 September 2022. Meanwhile, in West Papua Province the first batch was held from 12 - 16 September 2022 and the second batch was held from 19 - 23 September 2022 in Sorong. The number of participants in each batch ranged from 20 - 22 persons.
Each batch of the Change Management and Leadership training sessions lasted for five days per batch, while the training materials that were used were based on the objectives and competencies that were to be achieved, including:
1. Organizational leadership and competence of leaders/managers.
2. Self-knowledge and interaction at work.
3. Managing teams and decision-making.
4. Facing new challenges and cycles of change.
5. Managing changes.
“I am very happy with the training. It was not like any other training session that I have ever attended and has been very useful for us as leaders and future leaders. The lessons learned during the training can be applied within both working environments and through the fostering of forest farmer groups in an effort to improve existing products within the area and work units,” explained Debora Ludia Sawen, S.Hut., M.Si., Head of the Forest Planning and Utilization Section, who is also acting as the Head of KPHP Unit XXI Lintas Sarmi Mamberamo, Papua Province.
The Head of the South Sorong Forestry Service Branch for West Papua, Donny Natalion Bosawer S.Hut., M.Sc., offered his impressions of the training during the closing session: “This training has been both interesting and fun. Indeed, I believe that the sessions have succeeded in encouraging us to be leaders of change and to also change ourselves. Change must start with the individual and I will not be able to lead change if I myself cannot set an example for my subordinates and others.”
FORCLIME conducted this training aiming to prepare foresters to become future leaders Tanah Papua.