Tropenbos Indonesia signed a Cooperation Agreement with Ketapang District, PT. KAL and PMP to enhance Independent Village Index (IDM)-based Community Empowerment in Kuala Tolak, Kuala Satong and Laman Satong Villages

Tropenbos Indonesia signed a Cooperation Agreement with Ketapang District, PT. KAL and PMP to enhance Independent Village Index (IDM)-based Community Empowerment in Kuala Tolak, Kuala Satong and Laman Satong Villages

Indonesia - 06 July, 2022

On 11 June 2022, Tropenbos Indonesia (TI), represented by Pak Edi Purwanto, has signed a Cooperation Agreement for Kuala Tolak, Kuala Satong and Laman Satong Villages development and empowerment with the Vice Regent of Ketapang District (Pak Farhan), Sustainable Director of PT. Kayung Agro Lestari (PT. KAL, Ibu Nunik Maharani Maulana), Director of Perkumpulan Mitra Pembangunan (PMP, Pak Donatus Rantan).

The purpose of this cooperation agreement is to establish cooperation in the activity development models between the government, private sector and other independent institutions (TI and PMP) in the effort to implement Independent Village Index (IDM)-based Community Development and Empowerment in Kuala Tolak Village, Kuala Satong Village and Laman Satong Village.

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TI is interested to join the cooperation agreement as the three villages located at the surrounding of PT. KAL concession, is the core areas of Ketapang Essential Ecosystem Area (EEA/KEE) defined by West Kalimantan Governor No. 718/2017, in which cover 61% (7,865 ha out of 12,918 ha of the total EEA) (See Figure).

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It is composed of inter-connected of High Conservation Areas (HCVA) of PT. KAL (ANJ Group), PT. GMS, PT DAS and PT. LSM (BGA Group) which form a wildlife corridor of Orangutan (Pongo pigmaeus) connecting Sungai Putri peatland areas (managed by PT Muharison Pawan Katulistiwa, YIARI) with Gunung Palung National Park and Gunung Tarak Protection Forest.

EEA is a wildlife conservation area outside protected areas, it is meant to conserve forests that are located outside of national parks, wildlife reserves, and hunting parks. KEE’s may cover areas that are classified as production forest (Hutan Produksi), watershed protection forest (Hutan Lindung), and non-state forest area (APL).

The scope of IDM-based Community Development and Empowerment includes the following activities:

  1. Increasing the role of private sector and other independent institutions in related areas in the context of accelerating the development and empowerment of Kuala Tolak, Kuala Satong and Laman Satong Village communities.
  2. Develop a cooperation scheme with relevant government agencies and community organizations in the areas of Kuala Tolak, Kuala Satong and Laman Satong Village.
  3. Applying a model through community empowerment approach in the fields of entrepreneurship, health, education and the environment in order to improve community welfare.
  4. Establish, develop and maintain communication and information sharing between Institutions/Agencies and Universities in the human resource development working group.
  5. The fields of cooperation include the implementation of village governance, implementation of village development, community development, community empowerment, as well as disaster management and village urgency.

With the above approaches, TI in collaboration with partners hopefully can improve landscape governance and livelihoods of the three villages (Laman Satong, Kuala Satong, Kuala Tolak villages) who conduct sustainable land use and business practices, which are at the end will impact for the sustainable management of the core of forested areas (7,865 ha) within Ketapang EEA as a wildlife corridor.

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