Forestcommunities share experiences on conflict management
9 February 2006
published by Indonesian Nature Conservation(INCL)
Bogor — Various forest communities from Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua willshare experiences on conflict management and conflict resolution in theirrespective conservation area, in a reflective event called SharedLearning in Tangkahan, Medan, North Sumatra, from 13 to 20 February,2006.
PILI NGO-MOVEMENT, a Bogor-based organisation focusing on biodiversityconservation, initiates this event in cooperation with the Center forInternational Forestry Research (CIFOR), Mount Leuser National Park,UNESCO-World Heritage, Indonesian Ecotourism Network (Indecon) andTangkahan Tourism Institution.
This Shared Learning event is the third to be held after similar eventsconducted earlier at nature reserves area of Gunung Simpang, Cianjur andGunung Pancar, Bogor with theme of colaborative management ofconservation area.
The first event was held in Laiwanggi Wanggameti NationalPark, West Sumba on participatory monitoring theme.
One of the main goals of this 3rd Shared Learning is to increase the capacitiesof the stakeholders involved in forest conflict management and tobetter understand forest conflict through a reflection method whichhopefully can be implemented in resolving conflicts arising in and around theplaces of origin of the participants.
The outcome will be further designed as an approach to manage conflicts in aneffective way.
Conflict on forest have been occurring along the history of forest management inIndonesia (CIFOR, 2004) for various kinds of interests ofstakeholders involved.
Forest clearance, illegal logging, and environmental destruction are indicatorsof forest conflict. A research by CIFOR (2004) revealedthat conflicts have been increasing and culminated in the year 2000.
This triggered the rise of latent conflict. The frequency of forestconflict has increased because of the monetary crisis in 1997/1998,natural disasters, drought, forest fires and harvest failure.
Responses and management toward forest conflicts vary among participants both inconventional (research, passive and participative) andconfrontative ways (demonstration, sabotage, litigation, violent actions,and legislative actions).
To the date, however, no standard model nor methodin handling forest conflicts is available.