FORCLIMEForests and Climate Change Programme
Technical Cooperation (TC Module)
To promote better forest management (particularly in terms of planning-related aspects), as implemented by Forest Management Units (KPH) in Papua Province, FORCLIME, working in conjunction with the Papua Province Forestry and Environment Service (DKLH), has completed two Training Needs Assessments (TNA). The first of these TNA was organized in order to support the competency of the human resources working at KPH in Papua and West Papua Provinces and was held in September of last year. Meanwhile, a second TNA that addressed the field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) was organized for the staff working at DKLH, as well as the Papua Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA), and was held in August 2023.
The results of the two TNA were presented online on 7 November 2023 during a session that was attended by structural officials and staff members who currently occupy positions or who are projected to occupy positions within the Forest Planning and Mapping sections of DKLH, including KPH, and BBKSDA Papua. The session was moderated by Edy Marbyanto, FORCLIME’s Human Capacity Development Manager.
In his opening remarks, the Head of the Papua DKLH’s Forestry Development Planning Department, Mr. Ridwan Atmojo, ST., M.Si., explained that in terms of forest management, KPH are currently facing several obstacles due to their limited human resources, particularly in terms of GIS that are capable of supporting the preparation of forest management plans (RPHJP).
The results of the TNA on the competency of the human resources of KPH were presented by Muhammad Alif K. Sahide, a consultant from the Community Forestry Communication Forum (FKKM). Meanwhile, the TNA results that addressed GIS and Mapping were presented by Danan P. Hadi, a GIS/Remote Sensing and eLearning Advisor from FORCLIME.
The ensuing discussion resulted in the following general conclusions: (1) The majority of KPH operating in Papua suffer from limited human resources, budgets and infrastructure; (2) Efforts to increase the capacities of the human resources of KPH should focus on the planning stage, including the preparation of RPHJP that address forest use planning, forest inventories, socio-economic inventories and data management; (3) The specifications of work facilities need to be adjusted to match regional financial capabilities and working requirements. Moreover, in terms of mapping departments, open-source software that has been tested can be utilized; (4) The development of more intensive cooperation between DKLH Papua and technical implementing units at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Papua will be vital in order to develop the capacities of the relevant human resources.
As a follow-up to this activity, a discussion has been scheduled that will address plans for the implementation of training sessions in accordance with real needs out in the field and based on recommendations that are made in the wake of the TNA results.
Pursuant to its establishment through the issuance of a Decree of the Governor of Southwest Papua last June, the Working Group for the Acceleration of Social Forestry (Pokja PPS) followed up with a coordination meeting that was held in order to develop strategic plans and share roles and responsibilities among the Working Group members. This was recently followed by a coordination meeting that was held on 31 October 2023 in Sorong City, Southwest Papua with the goal of preparing a work plan. The meeting was opened by the Senior Adviser to the Governor of Southwest Papua for Economics, Development and Finance, Mr. George Yarangga, A.Pi., M.M., and was attended by a number of development partners working in the province, in addition to the Pokja PPS members.
During the meeting, the Head of Environment, Forestry and Agriculture for Southwest Papua Province, Mr. Julian Kelly Kambu, ST., MSi., outlined the overall policy direction for the development of social forestry in Southwest Papua Province. Furthermore, the Head of the Sub-Directorate for Institutional Social Forestry Business, Mr. Danang Kuncara Sakti, S.Hut., ME., presented a number of business development policies that are being aimed at promoting the economic value of social forestry. This was followed up by the Head of Section II BPSKL Maluku Papua, Mrs. Lilian Komaling, S.Hut., M.Sc., who offered an explanation of the social forestry scheme.
The following work plans have been prepared by each Pokja PPS working unit: Accelerating Access to Social Forestry; Business and Partnership Development; Mentoring; and Advocacy, Communication, Monitoring and Reporting. These were subsequently compiled into a work plan document for the Southwest Papua Province Forestry Acceleration Working Group for activities that are set to take place during 2024.
For more information, please contact:
Nita Yohana, Advisor for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for West Papua Province
Mohammad Sidiq, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Tanah Papua
The Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership Center (BPSKL) Maluku Papua engaged in an outreach effort last July in relation to its social forestry programme, particularly within the area of Dosay Village, Jayapura Regency, Papua Province. This activity was implemented in conjunction with the Papua Forest Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA) as a part of efforts aimed at accelerating social forestry management access within the province. During the event, the community of Dosay Village was provided with information on the five social forestry schemes that can be selected from and applied to the management of their forests. In this regard, the village forest and the community forest schemes are the two such schemes which have been deemed the most suitable for the population of Dosay.
Following up on this previous outreach event, FORCLIME, in conjunction with the Region III Section of BPSKL Maluku Papua, held an FGD with the people of Dosay Village on 30 October 2023 in order to discuss the initial concept of the Village Forest Management Agreement (PPHD) document, including various elements that still need to be finalized by the community through consensual processes. The event was opened by the Head of Dosay Village, Mr. Yunus Yoboisembut, and was attended by tribal heads from the village. The FDG results document was subsequently distributed to the tribal heads present at the meeting and will be used during further clan-level discussions that will be held in order to decide on the size of the proposed management area in accordance with the selected social forestry scheme.
“This social forestry activity has been highly valuable and the regulation explains exactly how tribes/clans can manage their lands,” explained Mr. Martinus Done, a community leader from Dosay Village. “The community hopes that information regarding the relevant area boundaries will be immediately disseminated so that the population will be able to manage their land and receive the benefits from their forests,” Mr. Done concluded.
After the documents have been completed by each clan, the application document for the Dosay Village social forestry programme will be finalized by the Dosay Village government through the publication of an official report on the approval of the village forest scheme by the Dosay Village community. This report will then be submitted in the form of a Village Forest Management Approval (PPHD) document.
For more information, please contact:
Hana Soakakone, intern from Cenderawasih University
Yosina Demetouw, intern from Cenderawasih University
Rut M Ohoiwutun, Junior Adviser for Community Forestry and Hutan Adat, Papua
Mohammad Sidiq, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua and West Papua Provinces