Two Community Forests to Pass SCBFM LEI Certification
More and more sustainable community forest management units have successfully obtained LEI certification. Two community forest management units in Bangkalan and Probolinggo, East Java have been declared to pass the assessment for certification based on the Sustainable Community Based Forest Management scheme from the Indonesian Ecolabeling Institute. The assessment was performed by members of a board of expert from PT Mutu Agung Lestari, i.e. Teguh Yuwono (Production Aspect), Djuwadi (Social Aspect) and Siswoyo (Social Aspect).
The two management units are UMHR Gerbang Lestari in Bangakalan and UMHR Alas Makmur in Probolinggo. UMHR Gerbang Lestari which manages a total size of 2,889.29 Ha community forest passed the assessment with remarks on June 20, 2010. While UMHR Alas Makmur passed the assessment with remarks on June 22, 2010, manages 995 Ha of forests covering two villages in Tiris Subdistrict.
The certification of the two UMHRs has increased the number of community-based forest and indigenous community forest management units receiving sustainable forest certification through LEI scheme to a total of 12 units, covering a total area of 24 thousand hectares. The success of the two UMHRs is the result of a multi-party collaboration with members ranging from NGOs, local government and the Ministry of Forestry, PERSEPSI as the partner institution, Pustanling of the Ministry of Forestry as the partner and facilitator, East Java Province Provincial Office of the Ministry of Forestry, Bangkalan District Office of the Ministry of Forestry, and Probolinggo District Office of the Ministry of Forestry.
An increase in the number of LEI certified community forests reflects an increase in the awareness of the people and local government to practice sustainable forest management. The large potential of Indonesian community forest is expected to become the source for sustainable forest products that can be utilized in a responsible manner to increase the local and national economy.
As an illustration, around 24 thousand hectares of LEI SCBFM certified community forests possess 278,694 m3 of potential wood area (consisting of teak, mahogany, acacia, saman), with sustainable felling blocks of 44.705 m3/year. If all 966 thousand hectares of community forest is managed in a sustainable way through ecolabel certification, then community forest will be the major sustainable forest management practice player in Indonesia.