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Conservation Strategy Fund helps local conservationists use economic tools to find smart, efficient solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Since its creation in 1998, CSF has conducted dozens of analysis projects in forests, rivers and coastal environments. Most of our work has focused in the tropics, where extraordinarily high levels of biological diversity are found. To maximize the reach and quality of our work, we involve leading experts and conservation organizations in all of our projects.

Developing a Green Regency in the Heart of Borneo: Sustainable Landscape Planning in Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan

With the rise of jurisdictional approaches to sustainable commodity sourcing and pressure to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, a number of regencies and provinces in Indonesia have taken steps to embrace sustainable and low-carbon development plans. CSF is supporting the government and stakeholders in Sintang Regency to collectively design and implement a Green Regency plan that includes sustainable land use practices and better governance. We are contributing expertise in economics, sustainable development, and strategic planning, and working closely with the local government, who are overseeing the process with the support from local government and civil society organizations (CSOs) .

Specifically, this multi-stakeholder process includes:

  • A two-day stakeholder dialogue for 80 people from academia, government agencies, CSOs, and the community that focused on implementing green development and preparation for the background studies, held in May 2018.
  • Background studies on: 1) the history and culture of Sintang, 2) natural resources and ecosystems, 3) economic development, and 4) land based economy, land governance, social forestry, and agrarian reform.
  • A four-day training on Sustainable Development and Integrated Landscape Policy, held in July 2018.
  • A five-day scenario planning workshop for sustainable landscape development in Sintang, held in October 2018. The workshop included 60 participants from government, civil society, business groups, non-governmental organizations, and Indigenous community leaders. We also trained 15 facilitator to assist with this process.
  • A training on sustainable landscape modelling in January 2019.
  • A workshop on sustainable landscape planning in April 2019.
  • A consolidation workshop in April 2019. 

This project will result in: (1) A shared vision and a roadmap for the Green Regency; and (2) A sustainable landscape plan.

Through this process, the government of Sintang will have the opportunity to consolidate their current efforts to promote sustainable development in the region, and capitalize on synergies between existing activities. This project will also serve as a model for other regencies aiming to achieve the lasting impacts of green growth.

This work is funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Photo: Mount Kelam, Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan

Photo credit: Nizar Kauzar