Green Growth in the Heart of Borneo: Integrating conservation, economic development and well-being of communities across a transboundary landscape - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Green Growth in the Heart of Borneo: Integrating conservation, economic development and well-being of communities across a transboundary landscape

As of: July 2020

Objective and activities

In the context of the tri-national Heart of Borneo (HoB) Initiative the project will develop and implement a green economy model for the Kapuas Hulu district in Indonesia and Sarawak in Malaysia. Demonstrating the business case for a green economy model in the transboundary region has great potential for replication in other districts. New networks of stakeholder on policy, community and business level will be established leading to new synergies and cooperation which will increase the economic dynamics in the area without disturbing nature conservation goals. The long term establishment of a drinking water protection area can be seen as pilot model for other regions globally. The project contributes to the HoB Action Plan as endorsed by the Governments of Malaysia and Indonesia: Transboundary management, sustainable resource management, eco-tourism and capacity-building. All results and innovative approaches will be reflected in the HoB Initiative and multiplied on a broad level.

State of implementation/results

  • Malaysia
  • The team of consultants commissioned by the Sarawak state government to develop the Sarawak Land Use Master Plan has been in contact with the IKI team to learn about natural capital and other project activities. They expressed intent to look at the findings as part of developing the final master plan.
  • Two community livelihood projects are well on the way: Gaharu plantation for tea in degraded land surrounding Orang Utan habitat; and Sustainable pepper plantation and marketing.
  • Filming for a video documentation series of the sustainable pepper plantation with communities has been initiated. The first of this series is scheduled to be completed in December 2019.
  • Indonesia:
  • Three storehouses for rubber production in the villages Lubuk Antuk, Kelakar and Mentawit were built. The village government also takes a part in building the storehouse by preparing a land for buildings.
  • In Miau Merah village, the group is now constructing a nursery for certified oil palm seeds.
  • The dam revitalization for fresh water supply is ongoing in the Sebangkang sub-village.
  • Kelakar village produced their second batch of sustainable rubber (2.5 tons) which sold at Rp11,600/kg.
  • A media trip in June was attended by representatives from five media outlets from Sarawak (Malaysia) and three media outlets from Indonesia. Articles were published in, amongst others, the Pontianak Post and the Tribun Pontianak and broadcasted on iNews and RTM.
  • Making a documentary film about the condition of the assisted area before and during the project intervention has begun. This documentary is going to illustrate the project activities and will be launched on December 30, 2019.
  • Two info briefs about Community Empowerment in five pilot villages of the IKI project have been drafted. They are going to be launched on 30 November 2019.
  • Drafts for public reports on the IKI Village Workshop to Promote Sustainable Land Use and the Media Trip in June 2019 are completed. The two reports are going to be launched in November 2019.

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Project data

Indonesia, Malaysia

Implementing organisation:
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

Partner institution(s):
  • Forest Department Sarawak - Malaysia, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Indonesia
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Indonesia

BMU grant:
4.140.926,23 €

03/2016  till  02/2021



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