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May 22, 2008, 12:14 pm
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WORKING AT WWF INDONESIA SAHUL REGION

Periode (June-October 2006)

MY POSITION IS A RESEACHER AT FORESTRY ABOUT FOREST DEGRADATION AND ILLEGAL LOGGING PRACTICE.

WE KNOW THAT INDONESIAN RICHFULL FOREST IS THREATEND FOR DEGRADATION, ILLEGAL LOGGING AND OTHERS ILLEGAL PRACTICAL DOING. AFTER KALIMANTAN, SUMATRA AND SULAWESI OF THE MAINLY RAINFOREST, THE THREATEN RUN A WAY TO PAPUA ESPECIALLY SOUTH AND WEST PAPUA. IT’S SO DANGEROUS BECAUSE THAT PLACES ARE MAINLY CONTRIBUTE THE CARBON ABSORBTION IN THE WORLD. AS WE KNOW THAT INDONESIA TAKE PLACE AT EQUATOR LINE.

This research had begun at June to October 2006. We have worked hard to collect the data for analysis. Our schema was doing anything with local people and others who have related topic. Collecting data from all respondent that was including on the forest needed. We gone to local people, local sawmill industry, carpenter, building worker, forest governments, and one big forest factory (HPH) at southern Papua. Our basis located at Merauke’s Regency. We also saw the palm oil practice that have conversed forest area to be palm land.

The mainly factor contributed at reducing land forest area so complicated. It has connected with law enforcement, monitoring, and there was illegal logger’s web. And others were influenced by forest converted to be palm oil land. Monitoring of logging so weakness because no access or difficult to checked in the field.

Loss of biodiversity

All of that practice so influence to biodiversity. Palm oil conversion practice always burn the site before planting palm oil plants. As we know, this can impact loss of top soil, local flora and fauna. The other practices are not using the indicator of RSPO that tools are to keep the healthy environment. The burning practice become popular because so easy to do than keep the local genetic sustainability. So absolutely, the land degradation is not only dreaming, it’s become reality.

My opinions:

Technical:

Protecting is done by using criteria and indicator for sustainability forest management. For reducing impact of illegal logging and others practice of forest degradation, we must consider about Corridor sites. These types are connecting the local sites that have more beautiful and diversity of flora and fauna. Its also can protect over sites of ecosystem because the circulating of material, predation and so on can still happen.

Law enforcement, by forest department.

Local empowerments are doing to protect their forest with HCVF (High Conserve Value Forest). It contains more criteria and indicator to how protect the sustainability of forest.

Detail information; please contact WWF Merauke, Sahul Region. See at www.wwf.or.id


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