Mount Gede Pangrango National Park (MGPNP) is one of the Indonesian protected areas and functions as a core zones of Cibodas Biosphere Reserves (CBR). Protected Areas have contributed significantly to the reduction of poverty and sustainable development. Thus, integration of protected areas management within the framework of biosphere reserves will be highly important for the sustainable development of the areas.
However in the meantime the protected area is under significant pressure caused by forest encroachment and lack of good governance practises, so if the Cibodas Biosphere Reserve is not properly managed in accordance with the current guidelines Man & Biosphere and low of stakeholder’s commitment to support conservation of the protected areas, as a result encroachment of the forests will continue. These encroachment activities will lead to forest degradation which contributes to flooding, soil erosion, irregular water supplies and continued poverty.If there are no serious planned actions to be taken, negative impact can be expected particularly in terms of flood disaster in some part West Java including Jakarta.
In light of the importance in tackling the issues, the project will promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and environmental services based on a collaborative management system. The specific objective of the project is to strengthen forest law enforcement and governance in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and environmental services rendered by the Cibodas Biosphere Reserve.
The expected outputs of the project are: 1) stakeholders commitment for the effective Cibodas bioshpere reserve management increased 2) Integrated Management plan of Cibodas biosphere reserve developed ; 3) Community awarenes in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and environmental services to the enhanchement of Forest Law Enforcement and Governance enhanced. They will be achived by among others; strengthening communication and coordination among stakeholders, strengthening Coordination Forum and etablishing series training and extension, identifying of BCR zonation border and Conducting extensions and training to the communities in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and environmental service. Disseminiation of policy and regulation of protected area to the enhancement of forest law enforcement and governance.A long term effect of the project intervention is expected that forest dependent Communities welfare increased and rampant encroachment and illegal operation of protected area in West Java decreased.