An Agreement on Development Plan of Forest Management Unit (KPH), Muller Ecosystem Area
By: Anastasia Joanita
The Mountain Muller Ecosystem Area is a core corridor area within the Indonesian national strategic area (KSN) of the Heart of Borneo (HoB). The Muller Mountains Initiative was started in 2008 by WWF-Indonesia in cooperation with the government HoB Working Group (national, provincial and district), local universities and the Alliance of Indigenous People with the support of local communities. Together, these organisations have set out to manage the Muller Mountains sustainably.
In 2011 a team was formed to design the Muller Ecosystem Area Management Plan. This was composed of experts from Gadjah Mada University (UGM) together with a technical team from local universities, Palangka Raya University and Kapuas University (UNPAR & UNKAP) as well as a District technical team and WWF-Indonesia. Discussions have also been held with parties at both the local and district/city level in each of the four districts in Kalimantan: Kapuas Hulu and Sintang (West Kalimantan) and Gunung Mas and Murung Raya (Central Kalimantan).
On 25-27 June 2013 in Jogjakarta a “Workshop on Muller Ecosystem Area Management Plan, National Strategic Area (KSN) in the Heart of Borneo (HoB)” was held to follow up these meetings and review the plan. The activities that took place during the 3-days meeting facilitated by WWF-Indonesia in cooperation with Gadjah Mada University were well received by the HoB Working Group (national, provincial, district), the Ministry of Forestry, local government, district technical team, as well as local NGOs.
The first day's meeting held a discussion and exposure on Muller Ecosystem Area management plan in the KSN HoB from the four districts. On this occasion, the Assistant Deputy II Coordination of Food and Natural Resources, from the Ministry of Coordinating Economic Affairs expressed his support for the initiative and encouraged the connectivity it would bring between three national parks in the HoB; Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR), Betung Kerihun National Park (TNBK) as well as the National Park of Kayan Mentarang (TNKM).
In the discussion that followed, the four districts confirmed their approval of the KPH system for the management of the Muller ecosystem. Mr. Yansiterson, from the Gunung Mas district HoB working group, further added that this process was already underway, with 69,000 ha of a 294,000 management area already covering the Muller ecosystem.
At the same time, Mr. Jumtani Albert from Plantation and Forestry Agency of the District Kapuas Hulu added that the same was happening in his district with part of the Muller ecosystem included in another KPH management unit.
However, each district agreed to stay focused on the initiative work programme plan of the Muller Ecosystem Area in each district in order to encourage the effective management on it and proposed to set up a forum for the parties in the management of the Muller Ecosystem Area as a form of cross-media communication and coordination of Provincial/District.
Over the next six months, follow up plans include a). a meetings in additional districts to discuss the Muller Ecosystem Area initiative and gather support b). Revitalization and optimization work of the HoB working group (province/district) which includes the Muller Ecosystem Initiative programs in their work plan, c). work with the HoB National Working Group (Pokjanas) so they can deliver the programs to support Muller Ecosystem Area management plan for each provinces/districts, and last d). integration of the Muller Ecosystem Area management plan into each districts’ work plan.