FORCLIMEForests and Climate Change Programme
Technical Cooperation (TC Module)
One of the tasks of the Forest Management Units (FMU) is to support the development of a better livelihood of the local farmers by means of involving them in sustainable forest management. Since agroforestry is a promising approach the provision of appropriate planting material or sometimes even introduction of new commodities is needed. Therefore, an important key requirement is the establishment and the sustainable management of a nursery to produce high-quality seedlings. To increase their capacity in tree seedling production FMU Kapuas Hulu Timur, supported by FORCLIME, conducted a training on the establishment and the management of tree nurseries. The two-day workshop was done from December 10th to 11th 2019 on site where the nursery should be built. Besides the FMU personnel, a number of local farmers was also participating.
After the opening, there was an interesting discussion on the needs and the potentials of the invited farmers see in their villages. The afternoon was filled with a presentation explaining considerations and preconditions for the establishment of a nursery. On the second day, a lesson on the management of a nursery followed and at the end of the workshop a practical exercise on preparing of growing media, building shading structures and irrigation of freshly planted seeds was implemented.
The current average age of Indonesian farmers is 56 years old. With the social forestry scheme lasting for 35 years, there is a need to pass the baton of social forestry implementation to the young generation. “This is where youth becomes important. Youth involvement is at the core of social forestry success”, Bambang Supriyanto, the Director General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, stated in front of students from 14 universities in Indonesia during the Crash Course of Social Forestry for Youth at Manggala Wanabakti, 28 November 2019.
The eighty students who participated in the Crash Course were engaged in not only lecture, but also a speed dating session with the representatives the Kalimantan village forests from Kapuas Hulu, Malinau, and Berau districts to improve their understanding on social forestry.
“The crash course is an effective learning process because the participants are encouraged to not only listen, but also communicate with the real actors of Social Forestry.” said Ahmad Arsyad (21) from Universitas Lambung Mangkurat, Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan. “With its great numbers, I think the youth should be involved in assisting and educating the local community to help excelling social forestry.” he added.
In addition to educating the youth on social forestry, the forum also provided a focus group discussion to accommodate the aspiration of youth on how they want to be involved in social forestry.
After the event, a report will be prepared and submitted to the Director General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships for further discussion to develop a scheme of youth involvement in social forestry.
Aiming to improve forest management plan (RPHJP) of the forest for special purpose (KHDTK) of Rumpin for the period 2020-2024, the Bogor Environmental and Forestry Education and Training Agency (DB LHK) conducted a public consultation on 4 December 2019 in Bogor, West Java. Participants, 40 people, represented community leaders, the army (TNI), police, NGOs/environmental activists, academics and BD LHK Rumpin. Inputs from stakeholders are necessary for future management of the KHDTK Rumpin, which is carried out to support the Education and Training programmes, additionally, also benefiting the surrounding community. The event was conducted in collaboration of BD LHK Bogor and FORCLIME.