UNDP Review Carbon Emission Reduction Program In Riau

Aug 29, 2016

PEKANBARU – Representatives of the Kingdom of Norway and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) visited Bengkalis and Kampar Districts on August 23 and 24, 2016  to monitor progress of the Community Based Forest Fire Management (CBFFM) program across the two districts. The Government of the Kingdom of Norway was represented by Nita Murjani as Advisor for Forestry and Climate Change, while UNDP was represented by Christophe Bahuet as Country Director. The visit was focused in Kampung Jawa, Bengkalis, and Kampung Rimbo Panjang and Petapahan in Kampar.

"This visit is important to ensure that the partnership between the Government of Indonesia and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway facilitated by UNDP through the Community Based Forest Fire Management (CBFFM) program show significant progress and truly benefit the people of Riau, especially in Bengkalis and Kampar Districts ", explained Christophe.

He added that through this visit he hoped to hear directly from the community on best practices and lessons learned during the implementation of the program, including obtaining inputs for formulating policies and next strategic step.

In addition to engaging in dialogue with community representatives and local government, the group also planted trees and looked at a variety of forest products such as honey and palm sugar. Guests were also treated to a demonstration of skills by the Community Fire Brigade (MPA) which had been trained by the CBFFM program.

CBFFM program is part of the REDD + Partnership program as an effort to reduce carbon emissions in Indonesia. The program is implemented in five provinces, namely Riau, South Sumatra, Jambi, Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan. In Riau Province, the program that has been running since last year focuses on five districts, namely Indragiri Hilir, Kampar, Bengkalis, Siak and Rokan Hilir.

The program is intended to encourage community self-reliance with the resources that they have in order to take steps to prevent forest and land fires. There are three key activities that are part of forest and land fire prevention ie, 1). Strengthening the capacity of forest fire monitoring system at the national level .; 2). Community-based forest and land fire prevention at provincial level and 3). Involving community in forest and land fire prevention activities by creating and strengthening source of livelihoods around peatlands.

All of these systems can be accessed through the Situation Room at Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The CBFFM Program Riau has so far involved 178 participants from 18 villages in five districts.

CBFFM training participants in each village formed a Community Fire Brigade (MPA). They also received a set of equipment to help control land and forest fires such as flapper, rake and water pumping equipment and navigation equipment such as GPS.

Meanwhile, until the end of June this year, the development of  forest and land fire infrastructures in Riau has included the construction of 176 canal blockings, reservoirs in 213 locations, 67 water pump units and the construction of drill wells at 394 points.

As for strengthening community livelihoods, several trainings were conducted such as on hydroponics, hydroponic seed planting, planting jelutung and meranti seeds, environmentally friendly farms and farming tool procurement.

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