FORCLIMEForests and Climate Change Programme
Technical Cooperation (TC Module)
Social Forestry (PS) is one of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia’s ongoing priority programmes and is being implemented in order to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality through the improved management and utilization of forest areas. To date, the support offered by the Central Sulawesi Provincial Government for PS policy has resulted in an acceleration of social forestry allocations. As of the end of 2021, approvals for PS management within Central Sulawesi Province had reached 95,448.22 Ha through the issuance of a total of 165 decrees. It is hoped that this achievement will help to realize village independence around forests, as well as improve the economic statuses of local communities and reduce pressures that are causing deforestation and forest degradation, thus contributing to climate-change control.
However, the development of social forestry (PS) within Central Sulawesi Province has not been optimal so far in terms of strengthening local institutional capacity. One of the problems being faced is that the PS programme has not yet become a joint programme and is in essence confined to its role as a forestry programme. As a result, the PS programme has not received much support from local government organizations other than those connected with forestry. Although a social forestry working group has been formed and involves input from other regional government organizations (OPD), support and funding from said OPD have not been optimal and have been characterized by a lack of availability. This has become a pressing and important basis for the formulation of an action plan that will attempt to strengthen PS within Central Sulawesi Province through the seeking of common ground with the relevant parties, particularly the Social Forestry Working Group of Central Sulawesi Province (Pokja PS Sulteng). The overall aim is to realize PS policy objectives and to ultimately have a real impact in terms of improving the economic situations of communities living around forests.
Driven by the Forestry Service of Central Sulawesi Province and supported by FORCLIME, Pokja PS Central Sulawesi has now developed a Social Forestry Action Plan. The objectives that underpinned the preparation of this PS action-plan document break down as follows:
a. The realization of the independence of local PS institutions.
b. Improving the economic situations of communities living around forests through various social forestry efforts.
c. Realizing sustainability in terms of the functions of forest areas.
d. Achieving a targeted increase in optimal PS area within Central Sulawesi Province.
In order to finalize the 2022 - 2024 Social Forestry Action Plan document, a workshop was held from 9 - 11 March 2022 in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi. The event was opened by the Head of Extension for Community Empowerment and Customary Forests, Central Sulawesi Provincial Forestry Service, Mr. Mohammad Rizal Budjang, MM, and was attended by representatives from various provincial government agencies, as well as academics and non-governmental organizations from Central Sulawesi.
The workshop resulted in a draft Central Sulawesi Social Forestry Action Plan, which will be used as a reference framework by the relevant stakeholders in order to realize PS policy objectives within Central Sulawesi Province.
As a follow-up to this workshop, Pokja PS, chaired by the Head of the Central Sulawesi Provincial Forestry Service, has been granted an audience with the Governor of Central Sulawesi in order to secure approval and support for the Social Forestry program within Central Sulawesi.
For more information, please contact:
Ismet Khaeruddin, Senior Advisor for the Biodiversity Focal Point for KFW Forest Program 3 and Provincial Coordinator for Central Sulawesi
Fikty Aprilinayati, Advisor for Sustainable Forest Management and Biosphere Reserve Management
Since 2019, the Tambrauw District Government, acting through the Secretariat of the Working Group on the Conservation District and Customary Community of Tambrauw has been engaged in the preparation of a Conservation District and Customary Community master-plan document. In order to ensure the completeness of this document, the involvement and cooperation of stakeholders through processes of partnership will be required. The resulting document that is ultimately produced should be able to accommodate the interests of stakeholders through transparent, participatory and accountable processes. Commencing with the drafting process, it was seen as necessary to hold a writing workshop in order to bring all of the relevant parties together to discuss and systematically formulate a development plan for the conservation district and customary community that will be implemented in the long-term (25 - 35 years). The purpose of the workshop was as follows:
1. To seek agreement on the division of tasks and roles of each development partner as regards the completion of the Master Plan for the Conservation District and Customary Community.
2. To facilitate the process of drawing up materials that will be used in the Master Plan for the Conservation District and Customary Community of Tambrauw Regency.
3. To seek agreement on the implementation of public consultations in relation to the Master Plan for the Conservation District and Customary Community of Tambrauw District.
The workshop was held on 10 March 2022 in Manokwari and was opened by the Head of Bappeda for Tambrauw Regency, Mosce Woria, S.IP., MIP. The writing workshop was supported by FORCLIME and was attended by representatives from various West Papua provincial government agencies, as well as academics, development partners and non-governmental organizations working in West Papua.
The expected results of this workshop encompass the following areas:
1. The addressing of various areas relating to fisheries, conservation and tourism, as stated under Chapter 2;
2. The identification and tackling of various problems and strategic issues; and
3. The identification of management directions for each development partner over the short term (five years), medium term (10 years) and long term (15 - 20 years).
The workshop started with an explanation of the progress of the Conservation District Master Plan document given by Dr. Sepus M. Fatem, Deputy Chancellor 1 of the University of Papua and Expert Staff Member for the Regent of Tambrauw Regency. This was then followed by a presentation on Spatial and Regional Planning given by Zulfikar Mardiyadi, S.Hut., M.Sc., a lecturer at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Papua. This session was moderated by Dr. Jonni Marwa, a member of the Main Writing Team from the University of Papua.
Prior to more in-depth, thematic discussions, several development partners completed various presentations which were grouped under five themes, specifically:
1. Theme 1: Forest cover, ecosystem conditions, ecology, mining conditions and forestry and plantation concessions, which was given by the WWF;
2. Theme 2: Customary communities, mapping of customary areas and protection of customary rights and community empowerment, which was given by SAMDHANA;
3. Theme 3: Oceans, coasts and the management of marine and aquatic resources, which was given by CI;
4. Theme 4: Food security, health, customary women and customary education, which was given by the Kaoem Telapak Foundation; and
5. Theme 5: Clean governance support for Conservation Districts and Customary Communities, which was given by GIZ CPFS.
After each theme had been presented, Prof. Dr. Roni Bawole and Dr. Rully Wurarah, as the Main Writing Team from the University of Papua, gave an explanation of the Preliminary Draft of the Regional Development Plan for Tambrauw Regency for 2023 - 2026. The Regional Development Plan is aiming to:
1. Formulate a general description of regional conditions;
2. Formulate an overview of regional financial management;
3. Translate the applicable vision and mission; and
4. Determine various priority programmes.
The prepared document will be followed up by a public consultation process that will be initiated in conjunction with local governments and other stakeholders, ultimately resulting in a public document that will be used by all parties. This public consultation will be held on 4 April 2022 in Fef, Tambrauw Regency.
For more information, please contact:
Melanesia Brigite Boseren, Junior Adviser for Rural Livelihood, Forest Management and Conservation
Nita Yohana, Adviser for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for West Papua Province
Mohammad Sidiq, Strategic Area Manager for Sustainable Forest Management and Coordinator for Papua and West Papua Provinces
The Center for Education and Training of Human Resources for Environment and Forestry (Environment and Forestry Training Center), working in conjunction with GIZ and Common Sense, a consulting agency with experience in capacity building for digital learning and the creation of learning content, held a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on Monday, 31 January 2022 which evaluated the implementation of the Learning Management System (LMS). Generally speaking, the LMS software has been designed in order to aid in the creation, distribution, management and delivery of learning content. The FGD was attended by representatives of the Environment and Forestry Training Center, as well as by various Environment and Forestry Training Agencies, who attended the meeting online.
GIZ is assisting the LMS evaluation process based on the many issues that are currently being faced in relation to eLearning development. Other topics that relate to eLearning development, such as software for interactive modules, will be implemented separately. The recent FGD focused on two outputs, namely identifying the challenges faced in relation to assessing the LMS and the improvements that need to be introduced in the future.
“eLearning has been in development since 2014 and to date, the use of the LMS has not been maximized. In this regard, not all training is being effectively transformed into eLearning and it is, therefore, necessary to further review our targets and the number of participants”, explained Mr Erfan Noor Yulian, S.Hut, M.Sc., representative of the LHK HR Training Center, during his speech.
The following important points, among others, were discussed during the FGD:
1. Server conditions, Moodle version used and LMS capacity.
2. The urgent need to integrate the LMS into other software.
3. Conditions of users (digital literacy, devices used to access the LMS, class activity, reporting and oth-ers).
4. Common problems encountered, as well as features that need to be added.
In the wake of the FGD, the Common Sense consultants will recapitulate the results of the discussion and make various recommendations that will be submitted to the Environment and Forestry Human Resources Training Center (Pusdiklat SDM LHK) with an eye on future LMS development.