University of Ottow Geissler Papua holds FPIC event on educational forest development
The educational forest development initiative has been operating since 2019 when the customary community known as the Necheibe Ormu proposed that their forest should be managed by the University of Ottow Geissler Papua (UOGP) as an educational and research forest for the UOGP academic community and other stakeholders. The proposal for the development of the educational forest was followed up by UOGP during a series of meetings, including meetings with the Forestry and Environment Service (DKLH), the Papua Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA) and other relevant parties, in order to seek legitimacy and follow-up recommendations regarding plans to develop an educational forest.
In terms of the development of educational forests, the University of Ottow Geissler Papua has recently been engaging in outreach through public consultations, as well as Free, Prior, Informed and Consent (FPIC) initiatives. These activities, which were inaugurated by Deputy Chancellor I of the University of Ottow Geissler Papua, George. M. Satya, M.Sc., Ph.D., were conducted over a five-day period from 16 - 20 November 2021 at Pasir 6 North Jayapura, Papua.
The implementation of FPIC activities involved various parties who are closely related to the location of the educational forest in both legal and customary senses. In addition to the holders of ulayat rights and the UOGP, also present were a number of community groups living around the area of the educational forest. The FPIC event aimed to ensure that there were no overlaps and to seek support from local stakeholders. The educational forest is located at Pasir 6, Tanjung Ria Village, North Jayapura. As a result of the FPIC process, the area that has now been agreed through processes of participatory mapping comprises some 144.92 Ha.
Furthermore, through this FPIC activity, some follow up actions have been identified:
1. The Necheibe Ormu customary community agreed to apply the FPIC principles during the management of the educational forest.
2. A participatory mapping structure for the educational forest, which is known as the “Nyei Toro”, was decided.
3. A priority work programme and the zoning of the “Nyei Toro” educational forest were set.
4. Minutes of validation for the “Nyei Toro” Educational Forest Participatory Map and Minutes of FPIC Management for the “Nyei Toro” Educational Forest were completed.
5. Agreements were reached regarding implementation and monitoring strategies for the management of the “Nyei Toro” educational forest.
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Created: Saturday, 20 November 2021
Ruben Yogi, Junior Adviser for GIS and Forest Mapping
Mohammad Sidiq, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua and West Papua Provinces
Lore Lindu Biosphere Reserve participates in 13th Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network
Members of the Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserve Network (SeaBRnet), which include Indonesia, holds an annual meeting in order to discuss achievements and challenges relating to the management of the biosphere reserves that they are responsible for. This year, the 13th SeaBRnet was held under the theme, “Ecosystem Services and Community Empowerment Towards Sustainable Management of Biosphere Reserves” and was held in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia from 15 - 17 November 2021. During the event, a knowledge exchange session was held between SeaBRnet members and there was also a discussion of the strategic contributions made by Man and the Biosphere (MAB) in Asia in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The following findings were set out in case studies produced by various countries:
1. Biosphere reserves have an important role to play as a platform for various stakeholders to be able to participate in an inclusive manner.
2. Biosphere reserves must have a management board secretariat, coordinator, promotion division, research division and management office.
3. Biosphere reserve personnel must be skilled and motivated, and should possess theoretical and relevant knowledge.
4. Managers of biosphere reserves should be able to build partnerships with universities, research institutes and the private sector.
5. There is a need for an integrated biosphere reserve management plan capable of building synergies between stakeholders.
In addition to talk shows and discussions, the event also featured an exhibition area in which activities and products relating to biosphere reserve management were displayed. FORCLIME, in collaboration with Sustainability and Value-Added in Agricultural Supply Chains in Indonesia (SASCI+), facilitated the Lore Lindu National Park and its SME partners in the promotion and exhibition of various products produced by communities living in the Lore Lindu Biosphere Reserve.
The SeaBRnet event concluded with a field visit to the Rinjani - Lombok Biosphere Reserve, giving participants the opportunity to observe the implementation of the biosphere reserve concept, interact with the local community and provide input relating to the management of the Rinjani - Lombok Biosphere Reserve.
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Created: Friday, 19 November 2021
Ismet Khaeruddin, Senior Advisor for the Biodiversity Focal Point for the KFW Forest Program 3 and Provincial Coordinator for Central Sulawesi
Fikty Aprilinayati, Adviser for Sustainable Forest Management and Biosphere Reserve Management
Synergy and harmonization of emissions reduction programs in West Kalimantan Province
As stated in the REDD+ Provincial Action Plan Strategy for West Kalimantan, the province of West Kalimantan is committed to achieving an overall emissions reduction target of 60%. The synergy of the various parties involved, specifically the government and various development partners, will be required in order to achieve this ambitious target. The REDD+ Working Group, as a medium of communication and coordination for the parties involved in REDD+, is responsible for compiling data and information that relates to emission measurements and for reporting all climate-change-related activities. In this regard, various programs and activities undertaken by the parties have now been identified as not having been reported and must now therefore be integrated into the data and systems of the REDD+ Working Group. In order to tackle these issues, the REDD+ Working Group, in conjunction with FORCLIME, facilitated a recent a multi-stakeholder FGD aimed at synergizing and harmonizing emissions reduction programs within the province of West Kalimantan.
The FGD was held on 11 November 2021 at the Ibis Hotel Pontianak and was attended by West Kalimantan Provincial Government agencies, the REDD+ Working Group and development partners responsible for the implementation of various programs and activities relating to emissions reduction. The FGD was opened by the Head of the Environment and Forestry Service of West Kalimantan Province, Ir. Adiyani, MH, who outlined the West Kalimantan Provincial Government’s commitment to reducing emissions through the establishment of the REDD+ Working Group in 2012 and the implementation of programs aimed at supporting the achievements of the West Kalimantan Province Vision and Mission regarding environmentally sound development.
In his presentation, Prof. Dr. Gusti Hardiansyah, MSc, QAM, as Chair of the REDD+ Working Group, outlined the role of the REDD+ Working Group as a node and medium of communication for the parties concerned, as well as the need for data harmonization in order to determine program distributions within each region, as implemented by the relevant parties.
This FGD resulted in a programme identification table drawn up by development partners, as well as an activity location distribution. This table will be used in order to evaluate and measure forthcoming achievements against emissions reduction targets.
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Created: Monday, 15 November 2021
Yenny, S.Hut, MT, Environment and Forestry Service of West Kalimantan Province, Member of the West Kalimantan REDD+ Working Group
Jumtani, Advisor for Sustainable Forest Management and GCF Focal Point
Wandojo Siswanto, Strategic Area Manager for Forest Policy and Climate Change