Enhancing protected area management through Resort-Based Management Training

Enhancing protected area management through Resort-Based Management Training

by February 12, 2016

In order to create effective national park management, there is a need for Resort-Based Management system for protected area. It is hoped that through such system the field condition of the area can be well recorded and maintained. Analysis on the field data and condition is done at the Area Section Level and compiled at the agency level. This will enable complete and accessible data and information provision for further and accurate planning. On the national level, such system will become the basis of formulating more adaptive, proportional and aspiring conservation policy which is close to reality and supportive in achieving the objectives of each area’s management

Therefor, E-PASS project fully supported the Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) to hold Training on Enhancing Effective Protected Area Management through Resort-Based Management (RBM) Approach. The training was held for the three E-PASS’ project locations, Greater Tangkoko Conservation Area and Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park (on 2-4 December 2015) and Lore Lindu National Park (on 10-11 February 2016).

The expected impact of the training is that the protected area is maintained and functioning as life support, germplasm preservation, and sustainable utilization of natural resources. Expected output is enhanced management effectiveness of the three sites.

A series of presentations by the Directorate of Protected Area of the Directorate General of KSDAE were given during the training. They were presentations on Protected Area Resort-Based Management Concept, Resort-Based Management Operational Concept for Conservation Forest, and Development of Buffering Villages.

In his presentation on Protected Area Resort-Based Management Concept, the Head of Sub-directorate Control and Management of Protected Areas, Ir. Jefri Susyafrianto, MM, stressed that the requirements of RBM in protected areas are strengthening the management at the field level through enhancing the human resources (through 3C: Capacity, Capability, Character), financial funding and regulation. Meanwhile the Head of Sub-directorate Buffer Zone and ZPT Development, Ir. Mirawati Soedjono, MA, suggested that resort should be located in buffer villages for intensive and effective interaction between resort officials and the local community to enable their contributions in the efforts to conserve the protected area.

The participants were also equipped with knowledge from several adaptive management cases in habitat restoration, ecotourism and non-wood forest products, shared by Ir. Adi Sumianto, M.Sc., Senior Trainer from Center of Human Resources Education and Training of the Environment and Forestry. He claimed that Indonesia is the 2nd country with the most biodiversity, which makes it a priority for us to conserve it.

Representatives from East Nusa Tenggara’s Grand Agency for Natural Resources Conservation, Agency for Alas Purwo National Park, and Agency for Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park also shared their experiences in implementing RBM in their respective areas. Those agencies were considered advanced and successful in implementing RBM, and their experiences are deemed sufficient as references for protected areas in Sulawesi. From the shared experiences it was concluded that the weaknesses of protected areas in Sulawesi, especially the three E-PASS’ project sites, are the lack of human resources in terms of quantity and quality and the lack of infrastructure for database management. For such provision and enhancement there is a need for sufficient and sustainable financial resources.

Therefor the Directorate General of KSDAE and the National Park Agencies at the three sites have high expectation for the role of E-PASS project to support the enhancement of RBM in protected areas, both in the project sites and other protected areas in Sulawesi as a whole, through activities planned throughout the project period.(elh)