FORCLIME once again organised an internship programme for students in 2022. The intake this time around included four students from Papua Province and six students from West Papua Province. This intake breaks down into one student from Cenderawasih University, two students from the University of Ottow Geissler Papua, one student from Musamus University in Merauke and six students from the University of Papua.
To present its various programmes and activities, FORCLIME held an online and offline introductory training session for interns from 27 - 30 September 2022 in Jayapura City. The objective of this event was to disseminate a deeper knowledge of FORCLIME and several supporting topics, including; development synergy within the environment and forestry sector in Tanah Papua by the Planning Bureau of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and the development of a Forest Management Unit by the Papua Province Forestry and Environment Service.
Meanwhile, FORCLIME's technical advisors delivered a number of presentations that addressed various strategic areas, including the development of Forest Management Units (KPH), biodiversity conservation, social forestry, climate change mitigation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and gender mainstreaming. In addition, the interns also receive guidance and information on the financial administration system at GIZ and knowledge management at FORCLIME.
During the training, the Heads of Study Programmes at the University of Papua and the University of Cenderawasih offered various directions regarding the Independent Learning - Independent Campus (Merdeka Belajar – Kampus Merdeka-MBKM) and the reporting system of each university. In addition, the two heads also explained the assessment system for internship students, whereby courses that are taken are adjusted to the activities that will be carried out during FORCLIME internships.
As part of the training agenda, the interns conducted field visits as an introduction to FORCLIME's activities with partners in a supported village. The interns visited the Dambu Kahbrai Orchid Gallery in Dosai Village, West Sentani Sub-District. This village is one of the buffer villages for the Cycloop Nature Reserve, one of the conservation areas in Papua Province that must be protected due to its unique collection of flora and fauna and ecosystem. In order to protect the area’s flora, particularly orchids, the Papua Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA) in CA Cyloop has been providing assistance within the village of Dosai through the formation of a group of women orchid cultivators.
In addition to reducing pressures on orchids within the CA Cycloop Nature Reserve, this activity is also expected to provide additional income for the community. The marketing of orchid products in Dosai now involves the utilisation of online marketing. BBKSDA Papua Province has also assisted orchid farmer groups with the marketing licensing process and through supervision so that the cultivation of orchids, as developed by the community, is carried out in line with principles of sustainability.
After completion of the introductory training, interns will be placed in FORCLIME-supported villages in Papua Province and West Papua Province for periods of approximately five to six months.
For more information, please contact:
Nita Yohana, Adviser for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for West Papua Province
Theodora F. Resubun, Advisor for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua Province
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager for Human Capacity Development
Mohammad Sidiq, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua and West Papua Provinces