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National Workshop & Launch of the Restoration Opportunity Assessment Methodology (ROAM) - Indonesian Edition

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A workshop that brings together restoration stakeholders at the national and regional levels (e.g. representatives of national and provincial governments, forest management units, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and universities, the private sector and the media) to discuss the various components of ROAM and its application in the Indonesian context.

Background

Forest and landscape restoration (FLR) is a long process to restore the ecological functions and improve human well-being in the forest and landscape suffering deforestation and degradation. In an effort to mainstream and implement FLR, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) worked collaboratively to publish a guideline or framework to identify FLR opportunities nationally and sub-nationally in a flexible, affordable, and efficient manner. The framework is called Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) or Metode Evaluasi Kesempatan Restorasi (MEKAR) in Bahasa Indonesia.

ROAM was first introduced to stakeholders and the public in Indonesia during a workshop entitled “Accelerating Action on Forests and Landscape Restoration Land in Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities for Enhancing Ecological Resilience and Community Livelihoods” on 19-20 April 2016. During this workshop, organized jointly by KLHK, BRG, IUCN, and WRI Indonesia, participants discussed various components of ROAM, i.e. geospatial analysis, diagnosis of key enabling factors for restoration, economic valuation, and finance and resourcing analysis.

The ROAM handbook is now available in Bahasa Indonesia. Further, ROAM and its components are also being tested in a couple of Indonesian landscapes. To obtain more comprehensive feedback on the application of ROAM in the Indonesian context as well as to introduce MEKAR further to stakeholders at the national and local levels, WRI Indonesia and IUCN foresee the need to organize a more advanced workshop on ROAM, where the Bahasa Indonesia version of the ROAM handbook will also be officially launched.

The workshop will also discuss the measures that have and will be taken to help the establishment of a national multi-stakeholder forum on restoration, initiated by WRI Indonesia, IUCN and members of the Indonesia Conservation Communication Forum (FKKI), with the goal to synergize the various restoration commitments and activities in Indonesia. As a first step, WRI Indonesia is preparing a platform that will hold maps and data on restoration potential as well as existing restoration activities conducted by various stakeholders. The platform will also include a monitoring component, such that it may help various parties to monitor the implementation of various restoration pledges and declarations, including those that have been committed to the Bonn Challenge, a global movement to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded before 2020.

Objectives

  • Strengthening support for and synergizing FLR efforts in Indonesia
  • Enriching stakeholders’ knowledge of the various components of ROAM, including in terms of technical know-how
  • Obtaining feedback on the ongoing ROAM implementation in Indonesia, especially in the context of adjusting ROAM into the Indonesian context
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Recap

WRI Indonesia and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) organized a national workshop on ROAM on September 29, in which the Indonesian version of the ROAM book was also launched. This publication serves as a practical guide for forest landscape restoration practitioners seeking to develop restoration programmes and landscape-level strategies.

The workshop kicked off with opening remarks from WRI Indonesia’s Country Director Dr. Nirarta Samadhi, and Director of Watershed Management Planning and Evaluation at Ministry of Environment and Forestry Ir. Djati Witjaksono Hadi. Both representatives highlighted the sustainability threats that Indonesia’s forests and people face, as well as the need for an integrated landscape approach to address these problems.

“Indonesia’s forests are being lost and degraded at an alarming rate largely due to logging and the clearing of land for cultivation. In 12 years, the country has lost forest coverage equivalent to the size of 30 Balis. And now, over 50% of these degraded lands are in critical condition,” said Dr. Samadhi.

Many villages are situated within these areas, and the livelihoods and wellbeing of many communities are at risk.

"In Central Kalimantan, over 70% percent of villages depend on resources provided by forests and watersheds," added Dr. Samadhi.

Ms. Li Jia, FLR Coordinator with IUCN Asia, shared with participants the reason for developing the ROAM handbook. “IUCN and WRI felt that a practical guide on applying Forest Landscape Restoration would be of great value to practitioners. The manual was developed based on lessons learnt from FLR activities by IUCN and partners in numerous counties such as Rwanda, Ghana, Mexico and Guatemala.”

The Indonesian version of the ROAM manual was produced under the Accelerating Action on REDD+ through Forest Landscape Restoration (Accelerating Action) project, funded by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).

To give participants a better understanding of the ROAM manual, Dr. Satrio Wicaksono from WRI Indonesia introduced the contents of the publication and played a short introductory video.

Besides the ROAM publication launch, other highlights of the workshop included presentations from WRI Indonesia and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) on FLR initiatives being implemented by their respective organisations, and case studies on the use of ROAM within an Indonesian context. Activities to date have included the mapping of potential restoration sites and the use of a rapid diagnostics tool to assess the presence/absence of success factors for FLR in two pilot landscapes in Indonesia.

FLR financing and monitoring mechanisms were also in focus at the event with facilitators and participants exploring different economic analytical tools and restoration financing schemes, including the carbon sequestration benefits of forestry projects.

A funding scheme managed by the Forest Development Financing Center of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry that supports community forestry and other forestry development initiatives was also highlighted as a key potential funding source. The scheme has not yet been used to support restoration initiatives, despite the strong demand among FLR practitioners for practical and sustainable financing solutions. This highlights a disconnect between potential restoration funders and FLR practitioners.

WRI Indonesia also highlighted the importance of monitoring, reporting, and verification in restoration and showed the alpha version of the stocktaking and monitoring platform for restoration activities conducted by the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). This platform is being developed in collaboration with fellow members of the Indonesian Conservation Communication Forum.

News coverage about the event may be found in The Jakarta Globe and Kompas.

Download presentation materials here.

Download the Indonesian version of the ROAM book here.

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