Acceleration of Sustainable Rural Development in Ketapang District

Village Level Land Use Planning Approach and Exploring Village Potential in Landscape Management for the Acceleration of Sustainable Rural Development in Ketapang District

(July 10th 2017), Jakarta, Indonesia – Commitments to NDPE (No Deforestation, Peat and Exploitation) policies have encouraged palm oil plantations to develop internal policies related to sustainable  development. These policies aim to balance the economic and environmental aspects of concessions, while increasing private participation initiatives for sustainable rural development.

Aidenvironment Asia, in collaboration with the Ketapang District Government and plantation concession holders, undertakes sustainable rural development initiatives through the Village Level Land use Planning (VLLP) approach. This method of land use management is based on individual village potential and aims to achieve main objectives: increasing the income of villagers, while conserving and enlarging areas of high natural value. This approach is expected to provide solutions to many emerging issues, such as the low capacity of communities to effectively utilize agriculture lands, the lack of clarity surrounding the legality of economic activities in social forestry areas, overlapping of land statuses and the economic challenges faced by villagers.

Aidenvironment Asia, together with plantation concession holders and the local government of Ketapang, has begun working to harmonize and ensure that both implemented programs and approaches are in line with existing development planning strategies at national, provincial and district level. The approach will also optimize the functions, roles and responsibilities of all landscape management stakeholders: Government, local communities, private companies and NGOs.

Aidenvironment Asia and the local government of Ketapang district have signed an MoU, an agreement  for both parties to work together between 2016 and 2021. “Several programs will be undertaken, such  as joint management of HCV and HCS conservation areas, increased productivity of smallholders,  developing communities’ potential economies, restoration, and wildlife management, as well as  encouraging the integration of national, district and village government policies during implementation,”  Peter de Haan, Executive Director Aidenvironment Asia explained. “In the field, we also work with Perkumpulan Mitra Pembangunan, an organization that focuses on village development issues in  Ketapang, who act as our local partner,” Peter added.

Number of illegal logging in the HCV areas due to lack of status and utilization of land and forest

Mahyudin, Head of the Ketapang District Planning Board (Bappeda), confirms that the district of  Ketapang covers 21,5% of West Kalimantan Province, and more than 50% of the land in Ketapang is  forested, with 41% categorized as nonforest. There are currently 205,000 hectares allocated for licensed plantations, with 74 palm oil plantation licenses from an existing 24 palm oil factories. 21% of land in the district is secondary forest, and a lot of land has yet to be worked by communities, leaving them disadvantaged and left behind.

A balance between conservation interests and increased community incomes in sustainable rural  development is expected to realize the district’s development objectives, and result in a prosperous and  sustainable Ketapang District. This will be in accordance with the vision and mission of Martin Rantan,  Ketapang’s District Head. The involvement of communities, private companies and local government in  landscape and forest should result in forest and landscape management that is beneficial for everyone.

The Landscape and Rural Development Workshop was held in Ketapang late May 2017

For more information, please contact Ivan Valentina Ageung (Project Coordinator Landscape Program Aidenvironment Asia) or Adriani (Management Representative Aidenvironment Asia)