03 June 2023 Indonesia

Community-Based Sustainable Forest Management for Livelihood Improvement in Ketapang District, West Kalimantan Province

Village Forests, especially in peatland ecosystems, have vital roles to protect the ecosystems. In addition to meeting all the criteria as ‘high conservation value areas’ (HCVA), Village Forest areas are often the only remaining peatswamp forest with the peat depth of more than 3 meters, while the surrounding areas have been fully degraded or utilised for agriculture.

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28 April 2023 Indonesia

Public-Private Partnership Towards HCV Area Protection in Ketapang District, West Kalimantan Province

On June 11th, 2022, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about 'Cooperation for Development and Empowerment of Kuala Tolak, Kuala Satong and Laman Satong Villages (3 villages surrounding Ketapang HCVA)’ has been signed between Ketapang District Government, represented by Pak Farhan as Ketapang Vice Regent, PT. Kayung Agro Lestari (KAL) represented by Bu Nunik Maharani Maulana as Director of Sustainability & Corporate Communications, Pak Donatus Rantan as Director of Mitra Pembangunan Ketapang or Ketapang Development Partners or MPK (Ketapang based NGO), and Pak Edi Purwanto, Director Tropenbos Indonesia (National based NGO).

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27 April 2023 Indonesia

2023-2027 Ketapang HCVA Protection Action Plan Document has been agreed by Multistakeholders to be finalized

The Essential Ecosystem Area (KEE) is a new conservation category in Indonesia, introduced by Indonesia Ministry of Forestry (MoF) in 2011 as Government Regulation 28/2011 on Wildlife and Natural Conservation Area Management, which provides opportunities to protect forest covers outside of state-protected areas. This is potentially important for conservation, because of the limited number of conservation areas (only 18%), compared to production forest (57%) and watershed protection forest (25%). The implication is that most of the unique biodiversity is found outside state-protected conservation areas. For example, it is estimated that about 75% of the orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) population lives outside areas designated by the government for conservation purposes. Recognizing this discrepancy, MoF introduced KEE as a new conservation category in 2011. This category intends to preserve forests outside national parks, wildlife reserves, and hunting parks without changing the function and status of the forest. KEE may include areas classified as production forest, protection forest, and non-state forest area.

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25 April 2023 Indonesia

First sale success of UPPB Juring Raya marks revitalization of rubber agroforestry in Simpang Dua West Kalimantan

The UPPB (Collective Rubber Processing and Marketing Unit) Juring Raya, whose members are rubber farmers in Simpang Dua, Ketapang Regency, West Kalimantan, has succeeded in selling their rubber raw material directly to PT NKP up to 3 tons on 20 February 2023. The success of this sale made the members of the UPPB feel happy because the selling price received was higher than if they sold it to middlemen. They are also eager to improve the quality of their rubber raw material because better quality will also make the selling price higher.

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21 April 2023 Indonesia

West Kalimantan Province Prepares Data Inventory of Conservation Areas in Palm Oil Management Units

A circular letter sent by West Kalimantan Plantation and Livestock Agency (Distanakbun) to companies which run land-based businesses, specifically oil palm plantations in request to report on allocated conservation (High Conservation Value/HCV) areas in their concession areas. The conservation areas in question are areas with high conservation values that support economic, social, cultural, religious, and customary needs of the community. Apart from having extraordinary and important values in the context of ecology, socioeconomics and culture, this area needs to also have significance for the preservation of biodiversity.

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24 March 2023 Indonesia

The launch of Fire Prevention Masterplan in Ketapang District

The government of Ketapang District launched a Masterplan for Fire Prevention in a ceremony held in the District Office Hall on 9 March 2023. The masterplan was developed for two peatland hydrological units in the southern part of the district, called Pawan-Kepulu-Pesaguan. This area became the focus of the masterplan due to the big fires in 2015 and 2019. The Deputy of the District Regent, Farhan, stated that the masterplan is a direction and planning for the implementation of fire prevention in the landscape so that all related efforts can be done effectively. “It’s a guidance that needs to be implemented collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders and not just to be left as an idle document without follow-up actions,” he said. He reminded the sub-district head, who was present at the launching, to not only put the document on the shelves, but to conduct follow-up implementation in the respective areas.

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