USAID LESTARI in collaboration with the Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) Papua organized a training on database management using the SMART application for forest patrolling on May 12-19, 2016.
SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) is an application tool that can be utilized for managing an integrated real time database by forest rangers in the field. This system is connected to a smartphone so that it can be effectively used in managing data from the field. The training involved 46 participants from BBKSDA Papua, the Provincial Forestry Agency of Jayapura City and Jayapura District, Lorentz National Park, and Masyarakat Mitra Polhut (MMP) or Partners of Forest Rangers.
This system has been applied in various regions in Indonesia, and since June 2016 it has been used in Cyclops Nature Reserve, Papua.
In the closing ceremony of the training program, the Head of the Papua KSDA Center, Ir. M. Gunung Nababan expressed his enthusiasm in supporting the SMART training program. Mr. Nababan recommended that the SMART patrol activities in the Cyclops Nature Reserve should also include planting of perennial trees, “Every ranger entering the reserve with the SMART patrol application should also bring one tree seedling, while patrolling, and then plant the tree in areas that are barren due to deforestation. The result would only be visible in twenty years’ time. That is why we should start planting from now.”
The Head of the BBKSDA Papua has appointed special staff to manage the data of the activities in the Cyclops Nature Reserve, and in the future, data from other areas will also be integrated. Meanwhile, LESTARI will provide ongoing technical assistance in the management of the database and the field activities.
As a follow up to this training program, in June, routine patrol systems were implemented in three locations within the Cyclops Nature Reserve – Moy, Sereh, and Angkasa. These three locations were selected based on a history of significant deforestation. Through collaboration between forest rangers and MMP, routine patrols are conducted as preventive measures in protecting the forest. Awareness campaigns against illegal logging and illegal land utilization are not only expected to prevent forestland clearing, but also to curb wildlife poaching.
The results from these activities will certainly not provide immediate solutions. However, the activities should be conducted regularly and intensively to yield positive results over the long-term. BBKSDA Papua working side by side with USAID LESTARI plans to conduct SMART-based patrols in the Cyclops Nature Reserve as a routine agenda and will be evaluated periodically.