Melawi, West Kalimantan
Sangga Utama Alam Raya (SUAR)
The three villages have successfully obtained permits for village forest management since 2019. Despite having permits in place, systematic efforts for sustainable village forest management have not been executed. Therefore, it is imperative to strengthen the capacity of Local Village Forest Management Institutions (LPHDs) to ensure sustainable forest management, particularly for areas secured with social forestry permits. Furthermore, enhancing the capacity of community members is recognized as another key strategy to prevent deforestation and forest degradation in the project areas as well as delivering Ecosystem Services Outcomes (ESOs).
The project site comprises three Village Forest licenses in Melawi District. The area includes a combination of primary and secondary dryland forest, shrub, and open land. According to Lestari Capital’s analysis based on historical deforestation using Landcover data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Indonesia, over the last 10 years, the deforestation rate within the three village forests was 0.68% per year. There has been no forest regeneration during this period.
The project aims to facilitate and support the development and implementation of conservation activities. A significant aspect of the project involves the restoration of over 4000 hectares of forest. The project will support the development of Social Forestry Business Groups (KUPS) and Village Forest Management Institutions (LPHD) to strengthen forest management and governance.
SUAR, supported by the Rimba Collective, highlights community-based forest management over a 25-year period in Nusa Kenyikap, Balai Agas, and Piawas Villages. The objective is to strengthen forest management with the overarching goal of reducing deforestation, preventing forest degradation, and improving ecosystem outcomes. The expected outcomes include: