New year, new optimism for the Heart of Borneo (HoB)


As we step into a new year, it’s important for us to welcome it with new optimism for seeing all the possibilities in the next 365 days. Only by the optimism and reflection from the previous year can we have a fresh start and create a new vision for the new year.

At Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF), we are so happy that we were recenly involved in facilitating The Assessment and Discussion for Forest Management Unit (FMU) I Murung Raya regarding Long-Term Forest Management Plan (LTFMP) in the year of 2018-2027. The event took place in Sotis Residence Hotel Jakarta and was attended by the key persons from Ministry of Environment , Forestry, Directorate General of Sustainable Forest Management, Directorate of Production Forest Management Unit, the Forest Management and Utilization Unit of Murung Raya District, Provincial (Central Kalimantan) Forest Management and Utilization Unit, and BNF representatives; Juliarta Bramasta Ottay (the Advisor and the Chairman) and Ahmad Fauzi (Barito Ulu Coordinator).

BNF Representatives during The Assessment and Discussion for Production Forest Management
Photo by Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF)

The event aims at strengthening the partnership and collaboration between BNF and Forest Management Unit (FMU) I Murung Raya to work together towards the conservation efforts of the Barito Ulu Forest that is situated in the Murung Raya district.

During the Assessment and Discussion, Ir. Maidiward, M.Sc from Sub-Directorate of Production Forest Unit emphasized the importance of collaboration between NGO and the Production Forest Management Unit’s working area. “It’s important to work together and collaborate to protect the natural ecosystems, and find the best ways to improve the economy of the people who live aroundthe forest with better and sustainable forest management” he said.

Being located in the heart of Borneo, Barito Ulu is a truly natural treasure of Borneo. However, research and conservation activities in the area have stalled in recent years. The once Rakut Research Station has been left and ignored while coal, timber, and plantation invade this remote region. This majestic forest of Borneo might be the last remaining home for Kalimantan’s threatened species, including the flagship apes. With that in mind, BNF has been trying to reignite the research in the area and rebuild the research station by collaborating with the community groups, NGOs, government, industry and academic bodies to promote sustainable development, habitat, and wildlife protection across wider Barito Ulu region. (AE)