FORCLIMEForests and Climate Change Programme
Technical Cooperation (TC Module)
The Forestry Service of West Kalimantan, conducted a coaching for the Heads of the Forest Management Units (Kesatuan Pengelolaan Hutan-KPH) and the KPH’s Heads of Planning Departments aiming to improve the province’s forest management plans (Rencana Pengelolaan Hutan Jangka Panjang– RPHJP), the forest management plans of nine out of 17 KPHs in West Kalimantan Province were used as a basis for discussion. The event that was held on 30 – 31 May supported by FORCLIME and IDH.
During the coaching process, the respective management plans were reviewed, scored and additional input for improvement was being gathered. In his speech, the Head of Provincial Forestry Service set the end of June as deadline for improving and finalizing the management plan documents. Afterwards, every KPH will present their forest management plan document to be approved by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
As a follow-up to the capacity building for shrimp farmers to identify the status of their ponds, the WG Revitalization of Delta Kayan-Sembakung conducted a two-day meeting to strengthen their knowledge about the Social Forestry programme on May 23-24 in Tarakan. The event aimed to provide alternative solutions for shrimp farmers, particularly concerning the legal status of ponds located within state forest areas. Resource persons from the Directorate of Preparation of the Social Forestry Area of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), the Center for Forestry and Social Partnership of Kalimantan, the Forestry Service of North Kalimantan Province, FORCLIME and WWF-Indonesia Bulungan Landscape acted as speakers at the event. More than 50 people, especially shrimp farmers who own shrimp ponds in Bulungan, Tana Tidung and Nunukan districts, and government offices and the head of villages.
In his speech, the Acting Head of the North Kalimantan Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) highlighted the massive shrimp-pond expansion in the last 25 years. At the beginning of 1991 15,870 ha of shrimp ponds were counted, whereas in 2016 the extent of ponds in the Kayan-Sembakung Delta region escalated to 149,958 ha, of which 70,707 ha are located in the state forest area. Therefore, it is necessary to provide a legal status for the community’s source of livelihood. On the occasion, the FORCLIME Program Director delivered a speech emphasizing FORCLIME’s support for the revitalization efforts of Delta Kayan-Sembakung through a new programme focusing on wetlands, starting in 2019. In addition, FORCLIME is committed to support the development processes of the Forest Management Units (Kesatuan Pengelolaan Hutan-KPH) as public services in forestry sector.
During the event, the Directorate of Preparation of the Social Forestry Area explained the scheme that accommodates local people's access to forest resources, through Social Forestry and Agrarian Reform. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry prepares a strategy to accelerate social forestry by simplifying regulations, preparing the Indicative Map of the Social Forestry Area (Peta Indikatif Perhutanan Sosial-PIAPS) and establishing the Working Group on Social Forestry Acceleration (Kelompok Kerja Percepatan Perhutanan Sosial-Pokja PPS), additionally, the access to manage Social Forestry is being ensured.
As another point on the agenda the Pokja PPS of North Kalimantan, the Bappeda team and KPH representatives visited two priority shrimp ponds in Tarakan, which are located in Mamburungan and Juwata Laut sub-districts. On the occasion, they also identified locations of shrimp-ponds that have not been documented.
Due to the meeting, the shrimp farmers gained a better understanding about Social Forestry. They understand that the legal basis for their shrimp pond areas can be obtained through the partnership scheme of the Social Forestry programme.
The follow-up of the meeting will be to facilitate the establishment of the shrimp farmer groups to propose a Forest Partnership scheme with the KPH. A major challenge encountered in the submission process is that some individually owned shrimp ponds exceed the size stipulated by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
For more information, please contact:
Mohammad Sidiq, Province Coordinator North Kalimantan
On May 24, the Kubu Raya Forest Management Unit (KPH Kubu Raya) conducted a meeting to discuss inputs for a forest fire control map and for the set-up of a network for effective communication in forest fire control by creating a cooperation with stakeholders such as Manggala Agni (the Indonesian forest fire brigade), the local government, the private sector, communities and other related parties. Participants were representatives of the Forest Fire Brigade of KPH Kubu Raya, the KPH Kubu Raya Staff, accompanied by an Integrated Fire Management Expert from the consulting firm EcoConsult and supported by GIZ.
In addition, the participants discussed the location of KPH Kubu Raya Resort related towards the effectiveness and efficiency of KPH Kubu Raya in controlling wild fire within its area. On its workplan, the KPH Kubu Raya will develop an agroforestry plot by using techniques that do not require land clearing by burning. This plot will be develop as a learning site in forest fire management, just as well as improving the community’s economy from peatland utilization.
In regard to the communication network, the follow up step is to prepare an agreement between KPH and stakeholders by developing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure responsibilities of each party in forest fire control.