Researcher of Tropenbos Indonesia (TI), Dr. Atiek Widayati, presented the mapping result of Social Forestry Potential Area in West Kalimantan Province conducted by TI at “the Coaching Clinic on Facilitation Activities of Proposals and Technical Verification of Social Forestry in West Kalimantan Province”. The coaching clinic was organized by West Kalimantan Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership (PSKL) Office, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) at Orchardz Hotel Pontianak, 27-29 September 2018.
The event was attended by Directorate of Preparation of the Social Forestry Area (PKPS), West Kalimantan Forestry Agency, West Kalimantan Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership Agency, Working Group on Acceleration of Social Forestry, West Kalimantan SF Working Group, West Kalimantan Peatland Restoration Agency, West Kalimantan Forest Management Units, SF facilitators and SF applicants from Kuburaya, Mempawah, Sambas, Ketapang, Kayong Utara, Kapuas Hulu, and Melawi Districts.
On the occasion, Atiek presented mapping result of SF potential areas from the study that had been carried out by TI in four districts of West Kalimantan Province, namely Landak, Sanggau, Ketapang and Melawi Districts. "The result of our study shows that the SF priority area in West Kalimantan is 1.5 million ha, a bit wider than the Social Forestry Indicative Map (PIAPS), which is 1.2 million ha," she said.
Atiek explained that this study aims to provide input to SF stakeholders; both at central and province levels, related to potential areas for SF schemes in West Kalimantan based on studies and verified outputs. The mapping of SF potential areas was done based on spatial data and information, in addition to tagging the potential SF areas by looking at the priority aspects based on community need for land, recommendation on land management strategy, accessibility, and risks to disasters and land conflicts.
Besides the suitability between priority area of SF potential and PIAPS, there is also the difference. "The difference between PIAPS and SF potential maps, most of the PIAPS are located far from settlements, not part of community management lands, and not included as potential priority of SF. In addition, the priority areas of SF potentials which are not included in PIAPS such as licensed areas (IUPHHK), in reality are managed by communities such as garden, mixed garden, and field," she explained.
Atiek hopes that the SF potential map can be a reference for actors and stakeholders in proposing SF areas at grass root and provincial level, besides being an objective observation material with uniform criteria at national level, complementary and update inputs of PIAPS.
Meanwhile, First Head of West Kalimantan SF Acceleration Working Group, Lassarus Marpaung, expressed his appreciation to study result done by TI. “From this map we see potential areas which have the opportunity to be facilitated and hopefully it will be an input for West Kalimantan SF Acceleration Working Group to expand SF areas in West Kalimantan."
Forest potential in West Kalimantan reaches ± 8.4 million ha, and only < 3% is managed by the community through SF scheme. The target area of SF to be managed by the community through the schemes of Village Forest, Community Forest, Community Plantation Forest, Customary Forest, and Forest Partnership in West Kalimantan reaches ± 1,213,218 ha. It is the 4th widest allocation in Indonesia after the provinces of Papua, Central Kalimantan and Riau. (IRP, IRK)