BBS NP Facilitates Community Based Restoration Training
Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park facilitated collaborative management training for national park staff on 12-14 February, at Ulu Belu Resort, Sukamaju Village / Pekon Village, Ulu Belu District, Tanggamus Regency, Lampung Province. The training aimed at improving capacity of social governance and soft skills was carried out by Indonesian Environmental Information Center Foundation (PILI-Green Network) supported by the GEF-UNDP Sumatran Tiger Project.
The training was attended by 10 (ten) staff from Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (TNBBS), consisted of Forest Police, PEH and Extension Staff. The participants received information on restoration and its policies, the restoration approach and its stages, restoration impact and its supervision in conservation area.
According to Evi Indraswati, the PILI Coordinator and training facilitator, joint action is needed – not just interests or intentions – to restore the BBS NP forest area. According to Evi, soft skills training is needed to increase planning and risk analysis capabilities in community-based forest restoration programs.
Rini Rismayani from Directorate of Regional Conservation, as one of the speakers said, “Perform restoration according to the applicable rules.” According to Rini, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park is is the first National Park to conduct the study in the context of preparing 2015-2019 Ecosystem Recovery Plan (RPE). ” And target of ecosystem recovery in BBS NP in 2018 had been achieved in accordance with IKK, “he said. Rini added that in conducting PE, it was necessary to look at the open area in each landscape.
The participants also received training from Rio Ardi (Orangutan Information Center Foundation) which has been doing restoration in the Lauser conservation area, and at Singkil Wildlife Reserve.
According to Riyanto TN BBS Extension Agency Coordinator, “There is a need to take action immediately to overcome the irregularity of illegal cultivation in BBS NP, although it is small but carried out in a sustainable, collaborative manner by the TN; Resorts, PEH, Extension agents and partners and make the community the main actors in ecosystem recovery. And of course resort officers are also important to be equipped with the knowledge of the ability to condition the people around the resort area. ”
At the end of the training, it was agreed that after the training there would be an effort to make community-based restoration demonstration plots in each resort area. And to further strengthen collaboration in community-based restoration, the second training will soon be held with the community.