FORCLIMEForests and Climate Change Programme
Technical Cooperation (TC Module)
The traditional culture that is practised in the village of Toro in Central Sulawesi is sadly dying out. Indeed, the number of craftsmen skilled in the art of working with bark cloth is dropping precipitously as younger members of the community become progressively less familiar with this traditional artform. In response to this decline, FORCLIME offered its support for efforts that are being made by the Toro Village Customary Women's Organization (OPANT) to preserve the culture of bark cloth production and its utilization as a handicraft of economic value, including as wall decorations, through a number of sharing sessions for women and students that were held at the Toro Village Traditional School. This activity took place between 25 - 27 March 2022 at the school and began with the planting of 200 seeds that will grow into the raw materials used to produce bark cloth, specifically the banyan tree (which is known as the nunu tree in the local language). Prior to the planting, the seeds had been prepared in natural polybags made from banana tree trunks and midribs.
During the activity, various discussions and experience sharing sessions were held that addressed:
- The types of products that can be created from bark cloth.
- The establishment and arrangement of women’s groups institutions that engage in bark cloth craft and entrepreneurship.
- The potential market for bark cloth crafts, including the forest management unit (KPH) gallery
In the wake of this sharing session, it is expected that the female students of the Toro Village Traditional School and the women of Toro will be able to boost their incomes through the production of bark cloth handicrafts. In addition, the village women have now assumed responsibility for the sustainability of the banyan tree, the source of the bark cloth material.
For more information, please contact:
Fikty Aprilinayati, Advisor for Sustainable Forest Management and Biosphere Reserve Management
Ismet Khaeruddin, Senior Advisor for the Biodiversity Focal Point for the KFW Forest Program 3 and Provincial Coordinator for Central Sulawesi
As a follow-up to the selection of FORCLIME-supported villages in Tambrauw, West Papua, the FORCLIME team, working in conjunction with the staff of the Tambrauw Production Forest Management Unit (KPHP), visited the villages of Emaus and Bikar between 17 - 20 March 2022. This activity was initiated as part of efforts to inform the local communities of activities planned by the West Papua Forestry Service and KPHP Tambrauw in conjunction with FORCLIME in order to support the implementation of the social forestry programme across the two villages.
The delegation was welcomed by the local communities of the two villages and the event was also attended by the local village heads. The Head of KPHP Tambrauw and the FORCLIME team then proceeded to present the planned empowerment activities, including support for area management, institutional strengthening and capacity strengthening for Forest Farmers Groups. The FORCLIME team also outlined the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process that will be implemented prior to the execution of a series of assistance programmes in order to gain the consent of the local communities.
The local communities of the villages of Bikar and Emaus verbally conveyed their acceptance and revealed a high level of enthusiasm for the joint activities.
For more information, please contact:
Melanesia Brigite Boseren, Junior Advisor for Rural Livelihood, Forest Management and Conservation
Mohammad Sidiq, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua and West Papua Provinces
In order to ensure safe and plannable navigation of the Tabo-Tabo Education Forest, the Environment and Forestry Training Center in Makassar (BDLHK Makassar) and the forest farmer group (KTH) Deswita’s youth ecotourism group in Tabo-Tabo, are in the process of developing a digital map that will help visitors to safely navigate the Tabo-tabo Education Forest, even if they do not have any phone signal. This initiative is expected to stimulate the development of tourism activities in the area.
FORCLIME is supporting the development of this digital map, specifically through surveys and the location of points of interest, tracking roads and rescue points. The data and pictures that are collected will ultimately be integrated into the digital map and marked with relevant icons so that visitors will know what they are likely to encounter at each location. Furthermore, FORCLIME is also training KTH Deswita members to create such points of interest through the Avenza Maps application. This activity has been ongoing since January 2022 and should be finalized by June 2022.