With the intention to support Forest Management Unit (FMU) development ‘on the ground’, GIZ FORCLIME in collaboration with the Center for Controlling Forest Development Regional III (Pusdal III) and the National FMU Secretariat organized a training for FMU staff at FORCLIME’s three pilot districts and provinces in Kalimantan.
The objective of the training was to improve capacities of FMU staff in understanding the basic concepts, planning and operational procedures of FMUs according to the individual characteristics of each forest management area. Additionally, the training is expected to accelerate the independent and professional operationalization of FMUs in Indonesia, in particular the ones supported by GIZ FORCLIME.
The training was conducted from 22 -24 October in Yogyakarta and was opened by the Head of Pusdal III of the Ministry of Forestry, Dr. Nyoman Yuliarsana. The participants in the training belong to the staff of FMU Kapuas Hulu (10 people), FMU Berau (5 people), and FMU Malinau (3 people). Dr. Yuliarsana’s speech stated that through establishing forest management based on smallest management units (FMUs) it is expected to be able to manage forest resources sustainably and optimally in the future. Therefore it is necessary to have sufficient resources, including human resources that are adequate to and competent in their respective sectors.
Topics presented during the training include FMU management plan establishment (Dr. Agus Setyarso), the concept of FMU development in Indonesia and establishment of FMU working areas (Prof. Hariadi Kartodihardjo), entrepreneurship in managing FMUs (Dr. Bambang Subagyo), and mechanisms of Financial Management Pattern for Sub-national Public Service Agencies (Pola Pengelolaan Keuangan Badan Layanan Umum Daerah - PPK-BLUD) as the financial mechanism of an independent FMU (Mr. Bejo Mulyono, MML - Head of Sub BLUD, Ministry of Home Affairs).
Training activities ended with a field trip to the FMU Yogyakarta to hear about lessons learnt that have been made in the field of FMU financing, in this case income from eucalyptus oil processing, wood crafts, or timber estates (teak, pine and rubber).