Natural resources management scales up in the TransFly
WWF’s presence in Tonda has resulted in an unexpected domino effect: Other villages to the north of the area have requested WWF assistance to carry out similar work on their lands.
Following consultation with other clan groups and landowners, an extension to Tonda WMA is being proposed and two new WMAs to the north of Tonda in the Aramba lands are also in the pipeline.
Managing the Arfak Nature Reserve in Bird’s Head Peninsula
Similar empowerment is taking place in New Guinea’s western-most region, the Arfak Nature Reserve. There, WWF and the Indonesian Directorate-General of Forest Protection (PHPA) guided the process for village committees to take over management and protection of the reserve.
This is people power at its best: The local Hatam people decide on the boundaries by themselves and control access to the reserve. They also establish and enforce rules, allowing certain activities (e.g. rearing butterflies for commercial sale) and forbidding others in the reserve.
In Lorentz National Park
A similar kind of approach has been used by WWF-Indonesia to help implement the Lorentz Management Plan, which is based on collaborative management principles. Our staff are helping local actors such as communities, government, and local NGOs to participate effectively in park management, and are assisting with the revision of district spatial plans.