Towards a Sustainable East Kalimantan through Improved Environmental Management

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The Regional Coordination Meeting on East Kalimantan’s improved environmental management in Berau in February 2015 was an important milestone in the Province’s development direction. The coordination meeting was attended by representatives of the provincial and district/city agencies, the private sector, environmentalists, and other stakeholders. The meeting aimed at aligning perceptions and synchronizes work plans between the provincial and regency governments, the private sector, and NGOs working in East Kalimantan.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), that has been actively supporting conservation efforts in East Kalimantan, attended this event and was represented by Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, advisor to TNC and former Minister of Environment, Minister for the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform and Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. Several points from the meeting results show the importance of the collaborations that TNC has formed in East Kalimantan, especially with the Regency Governments of Berau and East Kutai.

With regard to the conservation of karst ecosystem in Berau, the Coordination Meeting urged the Regency Governments of Berau and East Kutai to socialize the Sangkulirang-Mangkalihat Karst Ecosystem Management and Protection Action Plan and support the proposal of this region to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Merabu Karst community-based management and protection model is also used as a management model for other karst areas in East Kalimantan.

Orangutan conservation was also given special attention. The Coordination Meeting asked that all timber concession license holders, oil palm plantations, and mining companies to identify high conservation value areas within their work areas, and set them aside as conservation areas and corridors for wildlife.

Degradation and deforestation focused on preventive activities that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD +), conservation and other activities that support the reduction and absorption of emissions (GHG). For mangrove, coral reefs and seagrass protection and management, the meeting encouraged an integrated management program that includes a program to rehabilitate coastal areas for people’s welfare (RANTAI EMAS), creating a database on the condition/status of mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass that forms the basis of the rehabilitation planning document, issuance of Regency Regulation or Regent/Mayor Regulation, as well as optimize the results of rehabilitation by the Government, businesses, and communities.

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