4th Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019 (APFW2019)
Forest for Life Indonesia (FFLI) Event: Innovation of Peat Land Management under Changing Climate
Presenter: Jay Samek, Michigan State University
Presentation Title: Innovative Tools & Methods for Community Forest Ecosystem Services Measurement, Monitoring and Reporting
Abstract: Devolution and decentralization of forest management in Indonesia has included the institutionalization of social forestry programs through several government policy decrees. Local communities are granted legal rights to manage forest lands that were once only recognized under common law or indigenous land rights. A part of the Indonesian social forestry system remit includes the development of a “Forest Management Plan”. While local indigenous knowledge is often equal or superior to positivist-derived information, documentation for forest management plans can be strengthened by adhering to a rigorous protocol for data collection, analysis and reporting. To support this, Michigan State University, the University of Palangka Raya and Muhammadiyah University of Palangka Raya, under the USAID LESTARI project, have developed three community-based tools and protocols for reporting and monitoring a number of ecosystem services in social forestry units for forest management plans.