FORCLIMEForests and Climate Change Programme
Technical Cooperation (TC Module)
The North Kalimantan Provincial Forest Service organized a coordination meeting of Forestry Extension Officers from all Forest Management Units (Kesatuan Pengelolaan Hutan - KPH) in North Kalimantan on 8 to 10 May in Nunukan. In accordance with the theme, the meeting aims to increase the capacity of Forestry Extension to accelerate the Social Forestry programme. The meeting, which was supported by FORCLIME, was attended by extension workers of North Kalimantan KPHs and community-based forestry extension workers (Penyuluh Kehutanan Swadaya Masyarakat - PKSM).
In their discussions participants identified the obstacles encountered in the field while assisting various Social Forestry schemes, including boundary issues. Encroachment of palm oil plantation is one example encountered by the field facilitators. In addition, the participants also discussed the role of the DG of Extension and Human Resources Development (Badan Penyuluh dan Pengembangan Sumber Daya Manusia - BP2SDM) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, which is expected to take the issues raised to the relevant directorates, pay attention and provide solutions.
In another session, the Samarinda Environmental and Forestry Training and Education Center (Balai Diklat Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan - BDLHK) presented the role of extension workers and PKSM in the facilitation process, including the preparation of the Overall Work Plan (Rencana Kerja Umum - RKU) and Annual Work Plan (Rencana Kerja Tahunan - RKT), which have to be in-line with the current scheme in each KPH. Accordingly, FORCLIME Coordinator of North Kalimantan Province explained that FORCLIME offers support for the activities mentioned, particularly related to improving the capacity of extension workers and PKSM.
As one of the meeting agendas, participants visited a pepper nursery managed by the Sinar Harapan Forest Farmer Group at Bambangan Village, West Sebatik Subdistrict, Nunukan. Pepper is planted using agroforestry systems along with timber species, such as durian (Durio zibethinus) and gamal (Gliricidia sepium).
At the end of the session, the Forest Service and all participants made commitments to ensure the active role of forestry extension workers to accelerate the Social Forestry programme, including improving the structure of the Working Group on Social Forestry Acceleration in North Kalimantan. This session was facilitated by the Head of Extension, Community Empowerment and Customary Forest Department of the North Kalimantan Provincial Forest Service.
Complying to the legislation related to village forest management, stakes have been put up to mark the Menua Sadap village forest boundary last May. The activity, led by the Forest Management Unit (KPH) Kapuas Hulu Utara and supported by FORCLIME, was conducted together with the Menua Sadap villagers, the local army and police staff of the Embaloh Hulu sub-district. Marking the village forest boundary is one of the activities described on the Village Forest Management Plan, which guided on the decree of the Director General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership (PSKL) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (No. SK.3193/ Menlhk-PSKL/PKPS/PSL.0/5/2017).
The boundary marks are made of PVC pipes (2inch), some of which are filled with cement. The installation of the boundary marks was carried out by two teams of 12 people; it took four days to position them. During this activity, 54 boundary signs and five signboards have been installed at each management zone boundary in the village forest area. The install signs mark the area which is expected to be managed and protected in a participatory way by the local community.
The Menua Sadap Village Forest is one of four village forests located in the area of the KPH Kapuas Hulu Utara in Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan. Menua Sadap village obtained the permit to manage its forest through the Minister of Environment and Forestry Decree on 29 May 2017.
In May 2018, the Forest Management Unit (FMU) Kapuas Hulu Utara, West Kalimantan started to conduct meetings in the villages Pulau Manak, Benua Martinus, Sungai Utik and Labian Ira’Ang in the sub-district of Embaloh Hulu, Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan. The meetings aim on starting a local reviewing process of customary rights forest (so-called hutan adat) areas which are accepted by every area-related stakeholder. Therefore, to achieve this target the FMU Kapuas Hulu Utara and FORCLIME informed the heads of villages and heads of sub-districts about the need for clarifying and confirming the exact forest areas. This is to ensure a legal basis for applications for customary right forest licenses. Customary rights forests are one out of five social forestry schemes. FORCLIME supports the FMU Kapuas Hulu Utara in developing social forestry schemes and operationalization of relevant field activities accordingly.
Similar meetings will be conducted soon in the sub-district of Lanjak, Kapuas Hulu district, West Kalimantan.
For more information, please contact:
Moritz Zetzmann, Adviser for forest management unit, Kapuas Hulu
Petrus Derani, Adviser for Community-based Forest Management, Kapuas Hulu