News & Updates

Saturday, 05. July 2014
Indonesia Update: Action Points

• In March, WWF organized a training in forest carbon accounting at P.T. Ratah Timber in East Kalimantan and a training on forest carbon stock calculation at Camp Ratah Timber in West Kutai. These trainings, delivered by WWF ID staff Yuyun Kurniawan (forest management) and Rika Sri Wayhuni (geographic information systems), aimed to increase the capacity and understanding of company staff. Students from the Agricultural Institute acted as volunteers. Participants learned about the theory of forest carbon stocks and mapping to determine sampling plots. This was followed by practical work, with participants visiting different types of plot, sampling them and carrying out measurements on trees. After this training, we hope that P.T. Timber Ratah staff will be able and motivated to carry out monitoring.

• From 2–6 April, WWF ID, together with local people from Pelaik and Meliau sub-villages in East Kalimantan, conducted a mapping of community-managed production systems in the ForCES pilot area, identifying areas of rubber plantation, farming, fishing and honey production. Rubber plantations and farming in Meliau are mostly located on the edge of the Laboyan River, while in Pelaik the rubber plantation is nestled in the Telatap foothills and Samak and Balairem hills. Meliau people fish in the Laboyan River, Balairem Lake and Lukuk Merebung Lake, while Pelaik people fish in Melatap Lake. Honey is obtained from the area around the Laboyan River. In Meliau and Pelaik, both rubber plantations and farming communities are located in an ecotourism management area. Based on this inventory, a spatial map has been produced that will help improve management practices, coordinate the public action with the work already done by locals, and ensure that existing tourism activities are not disturbed.

• In May in Lombok, work focused on identifying HCVF in 5900 hectares of protected forests that are managed by four local communities: Wana Lestari, Wana Dharma, Wana Abadi and Kelompok Masyarakat Pengelola Hutan. WWF ID continues to provide guidance to the group in obtaining government permits, as well as a partnership with the forest management unit. WWF ID staff are collecting baseline data to assess what still needs to be done to reach FSC certification requirements. This led to the development of a corrective action plan (CAP) for implementing certification. The CAP required an HCVF inventory, so from 25–31 May, WWF ID and social, ecological and mapping experts conducted an HCV identification with local people from community forest in Sesaot. They also analyzed secondary data including the identification of flora and fauna, land cover and socio-economic reports and conducted a ground-truth check to obtain primary data. Compiled data was then discussed with the community members for verification and clarification. The results from this exercise can be used to help obtain certification, while also contributing to a community forest management plan for the area.