Follow-up T6 talks herald a new era of cross border collaboration in the HoB

Posted on 08 February 2013  | 
Recent follow-up talks from the 6th Trilateral Heart of Borneo meeting, held in Bandung, Indonesia, achieved new breakthroughs between HoB countries with a commitment from the Indonesia and Malaysia governments to cooperate on the management of protected areas in the cross border area.

The management of this area covers Betung Kerihun National Park in West Kalimantan, Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary and Batang Ai National Park in Sarawak. The objective of this cooperation was to lay down the groundwork for establishing community-based conservation and to develop an effective model for managing trans-boundary national parks by two countries. This collaboration was a continuation of the pilot project funding by ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization) which has entered the third phase (2013 to 2017).

“In 2008, it was agreed that transboundary management is one of the HoB three countries main programs. This meeting is a major achievement toward reaching our HoB vision. We are extremely happy that both countries are working together and have shown their strong commitment to fulfil the mandate of the HoB Strategic Plan of Action. We're confident that this will pave the way to further conserve the forests of Borneo by linking and maintaining the existing conservation areas in the Heart of Borneo,” said Wisnu Rusmantoro, National Co-ordinator for HoB,  WWF-Indonesia.

Transboundary protected area management has been initiated under the cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia since 1995 with the support of ITTO under the Transboundary Conservation Areas (TBCA) cooperation project. In addition, this cooperation also includes the implementation of major programmes agreed in the Strategic Action Plan including; Transboundary Management, Protected Areas Management, and Ecotourism Development. The collaboration of transboundary protected area management itself was agreed at the 6th HoB Trilateral Meeting in September 2011.

The meeting held on 29-30 January 2013 at the Aston Tropicana Hotel - Bandung, was attended by delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. In this meeting the three countries discussed the activities to be developed and executed in 5 main programs; improvement and development of ecotourism, capacity building, empowerment of local communities, protection along the border area, and research and development. The implementation of activities in the main program agreed upon will be performed throughout the 3 years (2013 to 2015).

To follow up this activity, the technical team will consist of representatives from Malaysia (Forestry Ministry of Sarawak), Indonesia (Ministry Forestry of Indonesia) and Brunei Darussalam (Ministry of Industry and Natural Resources, HoB Centre) and supported by WWF partners - WWF-Indonesia and WWF-Malaysia. The next meeting to discuss this cooperation will be the 7th HoB Trilateral Meeting held in Brunei Darussalam in August 2013.
Attendees at the first meeting of the Heart of Borneo Joint Technical Committee on Transboundary Protected Areas
First meeting of the Heart of Borneo Joint Technical Committee on Transboundary Protected Areas
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