Jambi, 27 July 2017 – Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Foreign Affairs of Singapore H.E. Dr. Mohammad Maliki bin Osman and Executive Director of ICCTF Dr. Tonny Wagey visited one of ICCTF’s project sites in Tanjung Jabung Timur, Jambi, Thursday, 27th July 2017. This project is one of eleven projects in five targeted provinces that ICCTF has funded and initiated to reduce emission through forest and peatland fire prevention and management.
The program in Tanjung Jabung Timur focuses on supporting mitigation and restoration peat forest with national and sub-national actions based on revised peat land utilization in Jambi Province, implement by Consortium of Jambi Peatland Restoration with ICCTF-UKCCU funding under program entitled ‘’Building a Model of Sustainable Agriculture Model & Peatland Ecosystem Restoration Classification Based Land Burned’’.
The main objective of this visit is to see the extent damage caused by fires in 2015, including efforts that have been put to combat forest and peatland fires and its impacts to the community. H.E. Minister Maliki bin Osman stated that ‘’We need to develop something that will be sustained for the wellbeing of the local community and their livelihood’’.
Alongside with the program’s framework ‘’Forest and Peatland Management to Reduce Emission in Indonesia through Local Actions’’, ICCTF targeted to restore 26,167 Ha area of post fire peatland and to reduce fire hotspots to 17,138 points. On site, the local community shows the demonstration plot for integrated no slash and burn farming method in peatland area, canal blocking to support peatland rewetting, and installed hydrant wells.
ICCTF welcomes the visit by the Senior Minister of State Singapore, and ready to cooperate with the Government of Singapore in tackling forest and peatland fires because ICCTF has a strong commitment and roles on the prevention and management of land and forest fire. As stated by Dr. Tonny Wagey, ‘’ICCTF has the capacity and experience to deliver results to our proponents and partners as we are the only climate change trust fund organization in Indonesia’’.