Since February 2019, Tropenbos Indonesia has been supporting KKI WARSI in the identification of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in West Sumatra Province. The concept of HCV that was formerly applied in forestry sector has now been widely adopted in other sectors. Today, conservation advocacy and various kinds of land use planning have also incorporated HCV concept to manage and increase conservation functions and values of the managed areas.
Result of the collected data and analysis of the HCV study has just recently been presented in a public expose workshop organized by WARSI in Padang, West Sumatra on 14 May 2019. More than 30 participants attended the event were representatives of West Sumatra Provincial Agency, representatives of Forest Management Units (KPHs), and other stakeholders such as private companies and NGOs. During the event, interactive discussions took place which brought recommendations and inputs to finalize the report.
During the event, Tropenbos Indonesia, represented by HCV specialist, Kasuma Wijaya, led a session on “HCV and KPH” at the afternoon session of the workshop. The next day, participants practiced to develop management plan for their own management areas by incorporating the HCV approach in the management plan.
Important note from the study is that identified HCV area covering 1,639,882 ha or 45% of the total area of the province. Out of the total HCV area, 432,238 ha or 26% of the identified HCV areas are located in production forests and in cultivation areas. This HCV area is expected to be integrated in spatial planning and business license process, and being acknowledged to be voluntary managed by the license holders of the concessionaires. (IRN)