Youth involvement in social forestry
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.
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Created: Friday, 13 December 2019
Sekar A. Yunita, Junior Adviser for Forest Policy
Ratu Wina Widyawati, Program Officer for Information and Knowledge Management
Public consultation: improving the management plan of the forest for special purposes KHDTK Rumpin 2020-2024
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.
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Created: Friday, 06 December 2019
Wira Nastainul Hakim, Junior Adviser, Human Capacity Development
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic area manager, Human Capacity Development
Signed: MoU on forest and land fire prevention programme in Kubu Raya District, West Kalimantan
On 26 November 2019 the Kubu Raya Regent and plantation and forestry companies in Kubu Raya Regency signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on forest and land fire prevention programme (karhutla). The MoU describes that related to the prevention and control of forest and land fire, the plantation and forestry companies will provide facilities and infrastructure, establish a task force and a regular awareness raising, provide social and environmental responsibility (corporate social responsibility-CSR) funds. The signing was carried out in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, during an evaluation meeting of the implementation of forest and land fire management in 2019, additionally, the meeting also discussed about synergizing fire prevention planning in Kubu Raya Regency for 2020.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of the Kubu Raya Forest Management Unit (KPH), Amung Hidayat, handed an indicative map of the wells in KPH Kubu Raya area to the Regent. The developed map presents the locations that frequently occur fires, hotspot distribution, and peat depth. The preparation of the map is supported by FORCLIME, a bilateral cooperation programme between the Indonesian and the German governments on forests and climate change.
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Created: Thursday, 05 December 2019
Amung Hidayat, SP, MM, The Head of KPH Kubu Raya
Jumtani Syolihin, FORCLIME, Province Coordinator West Kalimantan
Ronny Christianto, Expert, Fire prevention management, West Kalimantan