In South Sumatra, SEKALA has worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to assist a timber plantation company (PT Musi Hutan Persada) to improve its community engagement program. This involved stakeholder analysis, community mapping and the determination of an action plan and implementation strategy to engage the local community in the management of this industrial timber plantation.

SEKALA also provided assistance to review and improve the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the company’s program, assisted the company to implement collaborative forest management, and provided training for company staff on conflict management and community engagement. SEKALA was able to demonstrate how community mapping can be used to resolve land conflict between the company and the community.

SEKALA has also worked with several stakeholders in Jambi to provide baseline information on REDD+, conduct GIS training and develop a forest atlas for the province. SEKALA has collected baseline information at the district and provincial level and has conducted GIS and remote sensing training for representatives of each district in collaboration with the provincial government of Jambi. SEKALA has also collated and improved a range of spatial data to carry out a dynamic threat analysis for the forests of Sumatra.