The Samarinda Environmental and Forestry Education and Training Center (BD LHK) together with FORCLIME conducted a coordination meeting to prepare its 2019 Forestry Training Programme on 6 July in Samarinda. The meeting is a follow up action after the training needs assessment which was held in June. The objective of the meeting is to build synergy and harmonization of human resource development capacities of forestry programmes in East Kalimantan. The meeting was attended by 30 representatives from the Province Forest Service (including the Forest Management Units-KPH), the Province Environmental Agency, the Technical Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in East Kalimantan and other related institutions (GGGI, FORCLIME, WWF-Indonesia and Indonesian Forest Concessionaire Association/APHI).
During the meeting, FORCLIME’s resource person reminded all participants on the priority training topics that have been set during the training needs assessment for human resources for the East Kalimantan KPH in 2017. The topics included forest planning, social forestry, KPH business development, climate change mitigation, managerial and administrative tasks. The meeting revealed interesting information during the mapping of training activities in 2018 and 2019, such as:
- The BD LHK Samarinda indicates that only two trainings are allocated for 2019, due to budget constraints.
- There is a substantial funding source from the FCPF for climate change mitigation and KPH training activities in East Kalimantan (over 70 training units).
- The East Kalimantan Provincial Forestry Service obtains a substantial revenue-sharing fund (Dana Bagi Hasil), which is allocated for purchasing forest fire control equipment (approximately IDR 97 billion). However, there is no funding available for the training on the management of the forest fire control equipment.
- There is an overlap of assistance for some trainings, such as FCPF, GGGI, and the FORCLIME plan for trainings on preparing business plans of KPHs; Reduce Impact Logging/RIL C trainings is allocated by the Provincial Forestry Service and the TNC; Monitoring, Reporting and Verification/MRV training is included in the WWF-Indonesia and the GGGI budget plans.
- The APHI and the Province Environmental Agency are one of the important actors in forest conservation, however, they have not received sufficient capacity building assistance.
Since there are some institutions that support human resource development activities in East Kalimantan, the participants agreed on further meetings to coordinate thematic training programmes, aiming to have effective and efficient training implementation. In addition, to ensure the sustainability of the capacity building programmes undertaken by different institutions, they agreed to involve the Samarinda BD LHK in the training implementation.