Commodities for a Green Economy

Rumah Peter, Pepper Farm Assessment, Sarawak; photo credit: Z Chan.

As the project aims for empowering local communities to co-manage natural resources in a sustainable manner and in accordance with a green economy concept, several pilot projects have taken shape:

  • Sustainable rubber production in Keralak, Kapuas Hulu, Indonesia
  • Gaharu-Tea plantation in Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Sustainable pepper production in Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Tagang (a traditional fish conservation approach) at Sungai Kain, Baleh, Kapit
  • Eco-tourism initiatives in both Sarawak and Kapuas Hulu

Project Area in Indonesia: Silat Hilir Agropolitan Area in Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan

Kapuas Hulu is a large district of West Kalimantan which includes landscapes that are part of the Heart of Borneo corridor and faces growing economic developement. The Kapuas Hulu district includes twenty-three sub-districts and is home to traditional communities and includes two large conservation areas (Betung Kerihun and Danau Sentarum national parks).

The Kapuas Hulu district plan developed in 2014 established a framework for three new District Strategic Areas:

  • an Agropolitan area for ​​Silat Hilir and six surrounding sub-districts;
  • an ecotourism area for Lake Sentarum National Park; and
  • a conservation corridor between Lake Sentarum National Park and Betung Kerihun National Park.

WWF Indonesia is part of a technical working group that is assisting the Kapuas Hulu District Government work though a legislated planning process to develop the Silat Hilir Agropolitan area. To encourage an Agropolitan land use planning process that drives conservation outcomes, WWF Indonesia engaged the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) to develop a “Green Agropolitan Area” land use plan.

2017_Popular Report "Designing Action Within Concession"_Indonesia_en pdf / 5Mb

A gap analysis was conducted, comparing the theoretical or ideal conditions of the Green Agropolitan Area with existing conditions in Silat Hilir and surrounding areas. The framework of the gap analysis is presented across the following five dimensions: Spatial Dimension; Economic Dimension; Environmental Dimension; Socio-Cultural and Demographic Dimension; and
Institutional Dimension.

Project Area in Malaysia: Sri Aman and Kapit Divisions in Sarawak

Sarawak is an independent federal state that is subject to very limited national regulations. It is divided into 12 divisions which incorporate districts and sub-districts. However, within Sarawak all important decisions are made at state level and not at district level.

Report on Orangutan Nest Survey

A young orangutan, Sarawak; photo credit: Z Chan.

Summary of the report on the orangutan nest surveys in the upper reaches of Katibas river:

    1. About 90% of the viable orang-utan populations are found within the forests of Batang Ai National Park and Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, and the remaining populations are believed to occupy forests adjacent to the protected areas.
    2. This study was carried out along the upper reaches of Katibas river, and was focused in Chemanong and Pasin buffer strip.
    3. The surveys were conducted in areas where orang-utan were historically found or where residents have reported recent orang-utan presence. In total, seven nests were recorded and all nests were found in Pasin buffer strip.
    4. The next step will be an orang-utan population study in Pasin buffer strip using the Marked Nest Count method.

Watershed Management Plan

The project also developed a Watershed Management Plan for the upper reaches of Batang Ai river. An ecological assessment has been conducted in May 2018 to guide management actions.

Transboundary activities

An important part of the Project are cross border visits and workshops between stakeholders from Indonesia and Malaysia, which are an active part of the Heart of Borneo and masterminds for the Green Economy…see for yourself!

Panda CLICK! A way to share and engage…

In this project the concept of Panda CLICK! was brought to local communities both in Sarawak and West-Kalimantan to give them a tool to reflect their existing approach to Green Economy and foster discussions on future ideas regarding it. The Panda CLICK! program itself is a training for e.g. members of local communities in the use of a digital camera. Over an extended period of time, those newly trained photographers, will roam their local environment to capture anything they wish to share with the world, their daily activities, cultures and traditions.