STEM (Project phase)

Support Tool for Sustainable Environment Management in Tropical Rural Communities

Degradation of ecosystems is a major threat for sustainable social- and economical structures in Central Kalimantan communities, as well as for ecology of the landscape. Further degradation on peat areas must be avoided by applying non-destructive land uses, and productivity on existing reclaimed areas should be enhanced. In this sustainability and environmental impacts of land management should be considered and environmental services should to be restored at best possible ways for supporting livelihoods and environmental integrity. Key for successful intervention, and avoided conflict, is sufficient involvement of local communities in the work. International tools such as carbon marketing and REDD have to be examined as resources, which contribute ownership and positive responsibilities for the local communities, where they get added value from non-destructive land uses.

The authorities, the educated workers of the universities and governmental offices, i.e. the local policy- and decision makers need to be engaged to the work both in international and local level. At present lack of capability and understanding in local level authorities prevents them from taking more active role in providing adequately organized information for local and international operators involved in environmental questions.This project aims to add to this work by strengthening the capacity of the provincial university and its institutions to better meet the challenges lying ahead.

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This project target is to specifically create and enforce Indonesian public and 3rd sectors’ capacity by enabling them to resist more effectively the destruction and degradation of tropical peatland resources, help cooperating parties to understand and thus promote wise and sustainable use of the peat resource. This capacity will be created by cooperative actions within local (UNPAR) higher education system by providing expertise, courses, technical and immaterial support on project participating students, public sector officials, and local communities on; (i) tropical peat system functions, (ii) sustainable tropical peat resource management, (iii) various remediation options in degraded peat rehabilitation.

Link to STEM project bog: Stem blog

Further information will be provided by Maija Lampela, Harri Vasander
and Jyrki Jauhiainen