Institutional strengthening of Community Forestry is a program dedicated to empower community who are living in surrounding forest areas. The scheme of community forestry empowerement is an important activities to be carried out in order to strengthen community institutions. Up to recently at year 2013, three units of Community Forestry attained permits or licences from the District Leader in Sanggau. The permits socalled IUPHKm allow communities to utilize state forest areas under the production forest function that covers 3,790 hectares, with condition of applying sustainable forest management principles. That program is slow in progress as up to now only 5% of the total targetted areas being met. As the HKm rights intend for improving communities wealth as well as for maintaining sustainability of forests, the slow progress of HKm is feared will hinder promotion of HKm development program in Indonesia.
This project of strengthening local institutions is proposed to facilitate the empowerement of local communities in the context of a sustainable community forestry management in Sanggau. The expected outputs of the project are : 1) Increased local community’s institutions 2) available access to economic resources; and 3) Improved suppport from local government on community forestry development.
At the end of the project, it is expected the economic development of Community Forestry activities in Indonesia could provide better impact for the community income. Furthermore as law enforcement and forest governance be applied and eventually quality and quantities of forest management be implemented by communities, accordingly livelihoods of community living at surrounding forest areas will be secured and their welfare will also be improved.