MoEF Introduced E-PASS Project in Central Sulawesi

MoEF Introduced E-PASS Project in Central Sulawesi

by December 3, 2015

The Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ir. Tachrir Fathoni, M.Sc. opened the Socialization Workshop for the Enhancing the Protected Area System in Sulawesi for Biodiversity Conservation (E-PASS) project in Mercure Hotel Palu, 3 December 2015.

The workshop aims to build understanding and cooperation between the project and local government and related stakeholders in order to achieve E-PASS project goal.

Mr. Fathoni explained the reason why E-PASS project chose to work in Sulawesi, specifically in Central Sulawesi’s Lore Lindu National Park, was that because it is rich with biodiversity and has unique mix of Asian and Australasian flora and fauna. He further emphasized for the stakeholders to make a good use of E-PASS project for conservation, reducing forest degradation and improving Sulawesi’s forest management.

The workshop was attended by more than 30 related stakeholders and partners from both provincial and district levels. During the workshop they were given the opportunity to learn about E-PASS project and provided suggestions through panel presentations and discussion by E-PASS National Project Manager, representative of Ministry o Environment and Forestry, and TNC.

E-PASS is an international aid project designed to support the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, specifically in conservation management in Sulawesi.  This project was initiated in 2011 and has acquired grant support from GEF (Global Environment Facility) of US$ 6.265.000.0 for a period of 5 years.

The aim of this project is to strengthen the effectiveness and financial sustainability of Sulawesi’s protected area system to respond to threats to globally significant biodiversity. It will do this, firstly, by enhancing the systemic and institution capacity for planning and management of the Sulawesi Protected Area system; secondly, by increasing financial sustainability of the Sulawesi PA system; and lastly, by reducing threats and strengthen collaborative governance in the target PAs and buffer zones.

One of the demonstration sites of the project is Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi.(elh)