The Governor of North Kalimantan issued a decree on forest management rights for the Tane Olen village forest in July. The Tane Olen Setulang village forest, which is located in the Malinau district, North Kalimantan, obtained the underlying license covering 4,415Ha from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in 2014.
The governor's decree stipulates that the village forest board is required to follow the work plan and annual forest management plan, which was prepared together with relevant local government work units. It is prohibited to transfer the management rights to other parties, in addition, changing the forest status and its function from protected forest.
The village forest management work plan of Tane Olen Setulang includes protection and sustainable landscape-based management through promoting the non-timber forest products, environmental services and ecotourism activities.
Tane Olen Setulang was proposed to be managed as village forest in April 2011 with supports from the Forest Service of Malinau district and FORCLIME. This village forest can be used as an example for other areas in North Kalimantan with regard to forest management while maintaining the culture and protecting forests for the benefit of community. Currently, Setulang is the only village that has obtained the full forest management right in North Kalimantan.