In Sumatra, SEKALA worked for MCA-Indonesia in collaboration with NIRAS to conduct Village Boundary Setting, under PMAP8 (Participatory Mapping and Planning 8) within the province of Riau.
In South Sumatra, SEKALA 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 an implementation strategy to engage the local community in the management of this industrial timber plantation. This strategy is expected to help the company to reduce encroachment and to better handle land claims. These issues have significantly affected the company’s performance and ability to meet its planting targets. 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 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. This work was part of SEKALA’s forest and climate work which was undertaken with direction and support from the Climate Land Use Alliance (CLUA). SEKALA has also 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 was also collating and improving a range of spatial data to carry out a dynamic threat analysis for the provinces of Central Kalimantan, Papua and West Kalimantan.