WWF sat down with the tribe and mapped out the names of villages, tribal leaders and Orya customary areas. Based on this baseline information, we assessed existing Orya community forest enterprises to identify potential sites for responsible forest management activities.
…in the TransFly
A similar mapping exercise was carried out in the Indonesian part of the TransFly ecoregion. WWF carried out an inventory of important non-timber forest products within the community forest of Kampung Kweel. Gambir trees, sago plants, hunting area, water resources, and sacred sites were identified and mapped. The map is now used to plan for restoration activities of gambir forests.
WWF is staying on in the area to:
- Discuss with the community which sites should be used to restore gambir plants
- Provide gambir seedlings; and
- Facilitate dialogue between the community and the Forest Office of Merauke Districts, which has allocated funding to support these efforts.
Promoting traditional management practices
Communities are often victims of unscrupulous outsiders who seek to rob them of their resources. To deal with this risk, we carried out a study to understand the community’s values on natural resources and their management approaches in Papua province’s Kebar District.
Based on that information, and following extensive consultations, we put together a village regulation with community leaders regarding natural resources management. This is a key document that not only clarifies how resources should be managed internally, but is also meant to protect resources from irresponsible use by people from outside the kampongs (villages).
Community Financial Management 101
Communities require some basic financial skills to manage their timber and non-timber forest products. WWF has provided training for these skills in places such as Kampung Rawa Biru and Yanggandur in Indonesian Papua.