Green economy benefits for civil society in the Heart of Borneo (HoB) in West Kalimantan

Posted on 04 December 2012    
Fishermen in Danau Sentarum National Park area, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
© WWF-Indonesia / West Kalimantan
Sustainable and prosperous business & community development are just two of the hoped for benefits emerging out of a three day community based green economy workshop beginning in Pontianak, West Kalimantan today.

With participants from government, the private sector, NGOs and civil society, the workshop is expected to put forward recommendations and tangible next steps to developing a green economy in the area, particularly in the areas of land tenure, natural resource governance, community empowerment and forest restoration.

WWF-Indonesia (celebrating its 50th anniversary of work in Indonesia) and the Dian Tama Foundation (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year), supported by the Samdhana Institute, hope that everyone will have cause to celebrate the benefits that a green economy can bring to the community.

Herculana Ersinta, Executive Director of Dian Tama Foundation said the workshop would discuss some of the barriers to rapid adoption of green economy principles and practices, especially those related with community, such as limited access, challenging terrain at the border area, strengthening community leadership and women empowerment. Workshop will also promote appropriate technologies such as charcoal technology. .

On a broader front, with the Indonesian and Malaysian governments has officially opened the Transboundary Post Badau (Kapuas Hulu/Indonesia) - Lubok Antu (Sarawak/Malaysia) on 12 December 2012, there is the hope the workshop will encourage communities from both HoB countries to build grass roots (and even cross border) green economy initiatives.

Broad support for a green economy needed

Hermayani Putera, Program Manager for WWF-Indonesia West Kalimantan, said that building a green economy that provides prosperity for the community, as well as protecting environmental services needs to be supported by government, business and civil society, especially for cross border initiatives.

“It should fully involve communities from both countries. While ensuring that there will be proper and complete information available, awareness building and openness and joint planning,” he said.

He added that there were still many obstacles to overcome before a green economy can be successfully implemented, but this workshop was an excellent way to begin the process for building a green economy in the region for the benefit of people, planet and profit.

Attended by a broad range of community, business and government stakeholders – the first day of the workshop will present topics around green economy, the civil society movement, and improvement of community cooperation at the border area. Day 2 will focus on the role of women in the nature resource management and local economy development, while the last day will focus on support for alternative livelihoods such as charcoal production.

In an effort to build community capacity and local awareness, the workshop will be paired with exhibition of photo and publications on green economy, as well as community products and initiatives such as handicraft, food, organic products and renewable energy options such as micro-hydro.

For more information, please contact:

Herculana Ersinta
Direktur Eksekutif Yayasan Dian Tama
Jl. AR. Saleh Gg. Cakra No. 12
Pontianak 78124
Tel.: (0561) 735268
Fax: (0561) 583998
HP: 08152231480

M. Hermayani Putera
Manajer Program Kalimantan Barat
Jl. Dr. Rubini No. 9-A Pontianak 78121
Tel./Fax: (0561) 734049
HP: 0811578287

Fishermen in Danau Sentarum National Park area, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
© WWF-Indonesia / West Kalimantan Enlarge

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