FORCLIMEForests and Climate Change Programme
Technical Cooperation (TC Module)
The management of Betung Kerihun and Danau Sentarum National Park and FORCLIME visited the Regent of Kapuas Hulu district on 23 October in Putussibau, West Kalimantan. The meeting aimed to convey GIZ’s support to the Biosphere Reserve of Betung Kerihun Danau Sentarum Kapuas Hulu, which was recently selected by the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) UNESCO. The support will be given through programme activities related to ‘Deforestation-Free Supply Chains’ and promoting the branding of the products from the biosphere reserve. “Products produced from sustainable supply chains are harvested or produced by using land intensification methods, instead of opening forest land; the goods are produced in a sustainable manner, their origin can be traced back (traceable) and labour exploitation is prevented’, explained Georg Buchholz, FORCLIME Programme Director.
The Regent of Kapuas Hulu welcomes the support given by GIZ. ‘The new status as Biosphere Reserve encourages us to continuously work on the conservation and protection of Kapuas Hulu district, said the Regent. ‘I hope the programme supported by GIZ will be beneficial for communities in Kapuas Hulu’, he added.
With the purpose of accelerating the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), the Gender Mainstreaming Working Group (Pokja PUG) collaborates with the Environmental and Forestry Education and Training Center (BD LHK) Makassar and GIZ. A training on Gender Mainstreaming for lecturers (Widyawaiswara) on October 18-19 in Makassar, South Sulawesi was organized. Objective of the event was to increase the lecturers’ knowledge related to gender mainstreaming, therefore, they can integrate gender-sensitive approaches into the Training Management Cycle. 29 lecturers attended the training, representing the Bogor Environmental and Forestry Human Resources Training Center and BD LHK regions (Bogor, Kupang, Makassar, Samarinda).
During the training the participants conducted group discussions to prepare a curriculum for eLearning on gender mainstreaming, identifying strategies for integrating gender into the training management cycle and identifying indicators of gender responsive training institutions. The results will be followed up and improved through a meeting with the Human Resources Planning and Development Agency (BP2SDM) and the MoEF Training Center in November.
On a study trip to Kuching in neighbouring Sarawak/Malaysia organized by the West Kalimantan FORCLIME team from October 7 to 11, 2018, valuable insights into the organization and management of ecotourism should be gathered there. Participants were representatives of the village of Karangan Bunut, who engage in tourism by inviting visitors to visit and offer eco lodge and longhouse accommodation. They were accompanied by members of the FORCLIME team, who have been supporting the development of local tourism for some time.
In Kuching, special attention has been paid to the possibilities of cooperation between public institutions and the private sector in order to improve the tourist offer, which focuses mainly on outdoor activities and the Kalimantan Dayak culture. In addition, ideas for increasing the attractiveness of staying in the Kapuas Hulu district and in Karangan Bunut have been exchanged with travel agencies and other professional institutions.
In lively discussions, the interest in future cooperation was sparked and the future possibilities were explored. In addition, personal contacts could be established, which aimed at the further exchange and joint promotion of cross-border tourism.
Already on the trip home, the participants of the study trip agreed with which measures the tourist offer in their home village should be improved.
For more details, please contact:
Karl Jaeger, Development Advisor Agroforestry
Klothilde Sikun, Technical Advisor for Geographical Information Systems
Petrus Derani, Technical Advisor for Community Based Forest Management