Green Growth in the Heart of Borneo: Integrating conservation, economic development and well-being of communities across a transboundary landscape
As of: September 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
- The development of a final master plan for land use in the State of Sarawak is progressing. Two initiatives, both aiming at securing the livelihoods of local communities, continue (under pandemic restrictions): the Gaharu tea plantation on degraded land near habitats for orangutans and a sustainable pepper plantation including marketing. In December 2019, WWF Malaysia and WWF Indonesia together with eight communities produced the "Panda CLICK! - Colours of Borneo" illustrated book (globallandusechange.org/…). The book was presented to the district officer on December 17th 2019, during an exhibition opening in Kuching. The exhibition was then continued in the public library of Kuching until the end of January 2020, and press releases were sent out about the event.
- On December 9, 2019, the opening of the Panda-CLICK! Exhibition at the annual Kasturi Festival in Tepuai, Hulu Gurung (sub-district of Kapuas Hulu) by the Head of the District Planning and Development Department. At the same time there was a final workshop of the Panda-CLICK! program with community members from Hulu Gurung.
- Also on 9 December, documents on the “Agropolitan Land UsePlan” were presented to the Kapuas Hulu district leader. These include a strategic environmental study, a fact and analysis document, planning document, technical document (including a baseline map and a thematic map) and a scientific paper. The analysis of land use cover and land use change (time series 2000-2015 and projection to 2034, based on the district's spatial planning) was also submitted to the Head of Kapuas Hulu District.