Tropenbos Indonesia (TI) together with Perkumpulan Mitra Pembangunan (PMP) in collaboration with Ketapang Village Development Agency organized Workshop on acceleration of participatory village boundary mapping in Ketapang District held at Meeting Room of Ketapang District office on Thursday, 30 January 2020.
The event was attended by 84 participants, composed of sub-district heads, village heads, Head of Village development agency, District Planning Agency, Head of Governance (Tata Pemerintahan) Section, Head Village boundary Marking Section, Head of Law Section, Parliament members and NGOs.
The workshop was very successful (participants were very enthusiastic from the start to the end) and stimulate the spirit all actors to commit with their roles which have been defined on the Ministry of Home Affair Decree No. 45/2016 on ‘Guideline to plan and define participatory village boundary’. For instance, role of sub-district head is to reconcile conflicting inter-villages boundaries, if not solved, then he/she will hand over to Bupati and the Regent should made final decision within 6 months.
Among 253 villages in Ketapang, only 5% has legitimate village boundary. Workshop participants aware on the urgency and agreed to take actions, some even very optimistic that this could be tacked within a year.
The workshop recommended Bupati to issue Instruction Letter (Surat Edaran) to sub-district and village heads to start this and allocate at least 30 million IDR per village; Bupati will issue technical guidance and timeline of expected achievement on the coming months within 2020, he will also develop Facilitation Team at district and sub-district levels.
Tropenbos Indonesia will develop MoU with Ketapang District as supporting agent. Tropenbos Indonesia planned to facilitate participatory village boundary mapping among Gema, Mekar Raya, Kemora and Batudaya villages, and also among Pematang Gadung, Sungai Pelang and Sungai Besar villages as a basis to define the share of each village over Gunung Juring Protection Forest (10,000 ha) and Pematang Gadung Peat Forest (15,000 ha). The latter will lead to clear benefit sharing upon ecological incentives to protect the forests. (EP)