The Jakarta Post
The program officer of the Indonesia-Japan project for Development of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (IJ-REDD+) in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Dicko Rossanda, has indicated that the mind-set of Gunung Palung National Park (TNGP) officials was the most critical challenge faced in pushing forward changes in conservation-related problem settlement methods.
He said many TNGP officials adopted the repressive approach to deal with conservation-related conflicts, while the program deemed dialogue more effective.
'[...] there are conservation approaches found to be more acceptable to the people. Conservation cannot be carried out based solely on theory,' said Dicko in Ketapang on Monday.
A fundamentally different approach to conserve ecosystems in the park was adopted in 2013 following an IJ-REDD+ partnership between the Forestry Ministry (now Environment and Forestry Ministry) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The park covers 90,000 hectares, with 45,000 people of various ethnicities living in 20 villages bordering the park. Six of the 20 villages have become assistance targets of IJ-REDD+ with nine facilitators from civil society groups.
Gunung Palung National Park is covered in vegetation, starting from the coast to the mountaintop. The area is also the natural habitat of many animal species, such as the orangutan, the honey bear, the hornbill and the clouded leopard. (ebf)(+++)
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