Forests and Climate Change Programme (FORCLIME II) — Fire Mangement

While Indonesia does not rank among the world's biggest industrialised emitters of greenhouse gases, the country's significant carbon-footprint stems from deforestation and forest degradation. Indonesia's forest ecosystems are falling prey to unsustainable use and conversion to different land uses.

Germany supports Indonesia in her efforts to curb the rampant release of carbon-dioxide due to the destruction of Indonesia’s once plentiful forests. The Forests and Climate Change programme (FORCLIME II) forms part of a wider portfolio on environmental protection and climate change, with a focus on fire prevention in reaction to the devastating El Niño forest fires of 2015/2016. Newly founded forest units/ District Project Management Units have a decisive role in the process. 

FORCLIME started its activities in 2008. Since August 2017, ECO Consult, previously responsable for Component 3 of the technical cooperation programme of FORCLIME I ("Nature conservation and sustainable development in Biodiverse Areas in the Heart of Borneo – HoB Initiative"), has been trusted with assisting the implementation of forest fire monitoring and prevention measures of FORCLIME II with an interlocking rationale of detection and mapping, adjustment of pertinent framework conditions, and capacity development for implementation of Indonesia's National Fire Prevention Strategy.

Together with our Munich based partner Remote Sensing Solutions we are working to improve the technical, managerial and administrative conditions for better forest and land fire prevention through provision, management and coordination of qualified personnel, particularly in burnt area mapping and fire prevention. While ECO's services relate to development, participation and sustainable forest management, RSS is in charge of remote sensing, mapping, GIS and IT.

ECO regards an integrative concept of sustainable forest management as the key to fire prevention in general and ultimately to FORCLIME's goal: help reduce GHG emissions from the forest sector and improve livelihoods. To this end forest fire prevention and monitoring need to become intrinsic components of sustainable forest management and forest enterprises (Forest Management Units — FMUs) be integrated in the planning, decision-making, enforcement and control processes. Thus, in West Kalimantan pilot measures will be implemented to jointly develop standard operating procedures and to capacitate local forest management units.

Partner is the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF)'s Sub-Directorate of Forest Fires within the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature.

Activities include:

  • Consulting of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and other relevant institutions in the implementation of the national fire prevention strategy.
  • Conceptual support for the drafting of further government implementing regulations and decrees.
  • Development of standard operating procedures for a FMU based fire prevention model taking into account already existing concepts and approaches,
  • Implementation of the capacity development and training measures in selected FMU offices
  • Dissemination of learning experience in other pilot provinces and at national level.
  • Advising the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in the updating of the curricula for forestry vocational schools and for further training activities of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in integrated fire management.

Time span
2017 – 2020       

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH

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