Public Consultation for BNWNP Management Plan 2017-2026

Public Consultation for BNWNP Management Plan 2017-2026

by December 19, 2016

Bone Bolango, InfoPublik – Agency for Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park (BNWNP) supported by Enhancing the Protected Area System in Sulawesi for Biodiversity Conservation (E-PASS) project, organised a public consultation for BNWNP management plan 2017-2026 (RPTN) in Gorontalo Province.

Activity, which wast opened by the Secretary of Gorontalo Province represented by the Head of Gorontalo Province Forestry and Mining Hasni Husen, took place at  Maqna Hotel Gorontalo, Monday (19/12).

In brief remarks, Husen Hasni said BNWNP management plan2017-2026 is essential to the integration of national park management with regional development.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Conservation Area and also Secretary General of the Natural Resources Conservation and Ecosystem of the MoEF Herry Subagiandi in his speech explained that the national park management plan (RPTN) is a management guidelines and directives within a period of 10 years.

According to him, the preparation (RPTN) needs to refer to the MoEF Regulation No. P.35/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/3/2016 regarding the procedure for the preparation of management plans in nature reserves and conservation areas.

This management plan outlining regional biophysical, socioeconomic and cultural communities in and around the area, the condition of the current management, an the problems faced.

In addition, regarding government policies related to the management of national parks in both the regional and national levels, the vision and mission management, results analysis and projections, as well as plan management activities that will be carried out over the next 10 years.

Head of the BNWNP Agency Noel Layuk Allo added that the preparation of this RPTN consists of several stages, including the preparation of draft documents RPTN, discussion on  draft 0, public consultation, validation and dissemination.

For the time being still is still in the stage of public consultation in order to gather information and input from stakeholders at district and provincial levels and synergise BNWNP management plan and Gorontalo regional development plan.

Noel Layuk Allo explain that BNWNP is the largest inland national park in Sulawesi which has a high biodiversity and becomes a vital habitat for species endemic to Sulawesi.

Sulawesi endemic species, such as lowland anoa (Bubalusdepressicornis), mountain anoa (Bubalusquarlesi), babirusa (Babyrousababyrussa), maleo (Macrocephalon maleo), yaki (Macacanigra and Macacanigrescens), tarsier (Tarsius tarsier), and so forth.

“At least 32 species of mammals (15 species included in the IUCN category of endangered species), 192 species of birds (20 species included in the IUCN category of endangered species), 23 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 289 species of trees identified,” he explained.

He also added that BNWNP is a habitat for endemic flora such as frangipani, matayangan palm, and Nantu.

In addition, the national park also has the value of environmental services such as ecotourism and water/energy used by communities in the surrounding the areas.

There are about 125 villages directly adjacent to the national park and they also take advantage of the region’s water consumption, agriculture, as well as for MHP.

However BNWNP also faces threats such as encroachment, illegal logging, illegal mining, illegal hunting, and others. Therefore, there is a need for proper and effective management for the national park.

Previously, Field Coordinator of E-PASS Bogani Nani Wartabone, Elisabet Purastuti, in a press release explained that the public consultation for BNWNP  management plan 2017-2026 was organised by the BNWNP Agency supported by E-PASS, by involving the provincial government of Gorontalo, Bone Bolango District Government, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and the community around the national park area represented by the sub-district heads, NGOs, universities, and other relevant stakeholders.

“It is expected that this public consultation can bridge the various parties to synergise and integrate the program in order to maintain the function and integrity of ecosystems in BNWNP that are beneficial to the welfare of the society,” she said. (MC. Bone Bolango / Hms / Kadir / toeb)