15 December 2013 – 30 November 2016
The project aims to:
- preserve biodiversity and the carbon sequestration capacity of selected forest ecosystems of South Sumatra as a contribution to the implementation of Indonesia’s emission reductions target
- support district and provincial governments in their efforts to develop and implement conseration and management concepts for reducing emissions from their forests and conserving forest biodiversity in order to contribute to the GHG emission reduction goal and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in Indonesia
- contribute to the implementation of Indonesia’s Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (IBSAP)
Embedded in Indonesia’s national strategies for biodiversity conservation and climate protection, poverty alleviation and decentralisation, BIOCLIME provides technical and political advice at the provincial and district levels in South Sumatra to sustainably manage high conservation value forests, conserve their biodiversity and hereby maintain their potential for carbon storage capacity. By safeguarding biodiversity BIOCLIME contributes to the reduction of deforestation and forest degradation and therefore the prospect of Indonesia achieving its significant carbon emission reduction target.
Bioclime has developed a concept and held a training on how to collect carbon and biodiversity data. A lot of FMU staffs and we have conducted already several field work activites in KPH areas (e.q in KPHP Benakat Bukit Cogong). I am quite optimistic that the KPH’s staff is now able to work independently in the field and conduct carbon surveys and that they know how to measure carbon stock in sample plots.
~ Neneng H. Leliana, Head of FMU (Forest Management Unit) Forum of South Sumatra, March 2016
BIOCLIME also supports the formulation of a sub-national biodiversity strategy and its integration into the national biodiversity strategy and action plan. Another field of support is creating job opportunities through participatory protection of high biodiversity forest areas and promotion of alternative income generating activities. These activities will be developed in the framework of low carbon emission management concepts, and will support Indonesia on its way towards having a low-carbon economy. Government institutions and civil society will be strengthened through the promotion of multistakeholder dialogues, and participatory planning and decision-making processes, which contribute to good governance of natural resources.
“I am very happy that the community groups in our village has been trained on how to develop raw rattan materials into furniture set. We have rattan in abundance in our forests around the village that we have selling for a very cheap price for years. Now we are able to make furniture out of it and we have developed an additional source of income“
~ Mr.Junaini, Head of Community Group Bulian Alam Mulia, Pangkalan Bulian Village, spoke after the training of Rattan Production in Palembang Indonesia, March 2016.
Measuring Carbon Stocks and Biodiversity in South Sumatra
An essential step to achieve the objective of BIOCLIME project is collecting basic data and information on forest carbon stocks and biodiversity at various forest types in South Sumatra. To support field data collection, the project developed a protocol for measuring carbon stocks and biodiversity in South Sumatra which provides detailed procedures for team surveys in conducting field measurements. Then, since May 2015 the project has been conducting field measurements of carbon stocks and flora diversity at various forest types. Until December 2015, the project has collected 70 sample plots from eight land cover types: primary peat forests, secondary peat forests, secondary dryland forest, plantation forest, mangrove forest, estate crop, dryland agriculture, and shrub areas. These activities have been implemented in a participatory way with Bioclime partners namely the Forestry Research Institute of Palembang, UNSRI (university), Sembilang National Parks and KPH (Forest Management Units).
Bioclime supports the income generating activities of the local population
One crucial element is the development of additional sources of income for the local communities. To achieve this goal, the Bioclime team has strengthened management capacities of the local people in order to identify potential income generating activities from Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs). ‘Pangkalan Bulian’ is one of the villages in MUBA district which has rattan chosen as one of priority products of NTFP. Rattan grows quickly, harvesting is relatively uncomplicated and in addition its transportation is manageable. Rattan can be used for manufacturing furnitures. Its economic value, helps to protect forests by providing income for those who might normally illegal loggers. This activity also encourages the local people to keep the forest out of the fire because they rely on the natural forest to harvest NTFPs (rattan).