The Production Forest Management Unit (KPHP) Unit IV of Tambrauw and KPHP Unit V of Sorong Selatan, supported by FORCLIME, recently held a dissemination session that specifically addressed the protection and utilization of forest resources by forest farmer groups in four supported villages, namely: Kampung Haha and Kampung Wendi (South Sorong Regency), and the villages of Bikar and Emmaus (Tambrauw Regency). These sessions were held from 18 - 30 November 2022.
These dissemination sessions on the protection and utilization of forest resources aimed to educate the parties concerned regarding the importance of forests in supporting the lives of living things. The topics presented during the session were: The impact of environmental damage and the utilization of non-timber forest resources (Myrmecodia pendans for herbal tea, agarwood, candlenut and oil made from Cinnamomum culilawan).
This outreach activity was delivered by six students from the Department of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry at the University of Papua, Manokwari, West Papua who were completing internships with FORCLIME. These intern apprentices were placed in FORCLIME-supported villages to support the implementation of Social Forestry programmes at the site level, as follows:
1. Adrian Maulana and Nur Ulfa Fauziah at Kampung Bikar.
2. Eliza Samosir and Kesya Daeng at Kampung Emaus.
3. Jekson Tigtigweria at Kampung Wendi.
4. Steven Angrianto at Kampung Haha
The outreach methods used encompassed the watching of videos on forests and their functions, the distribution of brochures and the telling of stories.
“It's good to participate in an event like this so that we can learn about the benefits of agarwood. To date, we have only known that agarwood can be used as a medicine, however, we have not known exactly what such medicine can be used for,” stated Mama Kamesrar, a resident of Kampung Haha.
For more information, please contact:
Melanesia Brigite Boseren, Junior Advisor for Rural Livelihood, Forest Management and Conservation
Nita Yohana, Adviser for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for West Papua Province
Mohammad Sidiq, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua and West Papua Provinces