Sharing Ecologic Nusa Penida Initiative in GEF-SGP Phase 7

Sharing Ecologic Nusa Penida Initiative in GEF-SGP Phase 7

From 2018 to 2021, the Wisnu Foundation together with ten local organizations in Bali with the support of GEF SGP Indonesia carried out a Program to Increase Socio-Cultural Ecological Resilience in Facing the Pressures of Globalization on Small Islands. The program, which became better known as Ecologic Nusa Penida, was part of the GEF SGP Indonesia Phase 6 program. Apart from Nusa Penida, other natural landscapes being targeted for work were Semau Island, Wakatobi and Gorontalo.

In Phase 7 this time, GEF SGP Indonesia is proceeding in four landscapes. The main target of GEF SGP-7 is increasing social-ecological resilience through community-based initiatives in four selected landscapes, both in terms of landscape and seascape. The four selected landscapes are the Bodri River Watershed – Central Java, the Balantieng River Watershed – South Sulawesi, the Nantu Wildlife Reserve and the Gorontalo Grand Forest Park area – Gorontalo, and Sabu Raijua Island – East Nusa Tenggara.

To be able to review and measure the implementation of activities at the landscape level whether they are in accordance with strategic documents, gender-based action plans, FPIC implementation and product achievements, the GEF SGP Indonesia secretariat sees the importance of holding another meeting together with the strategy team and selected umbrella institutions . Apart from that, this meeting also aims to jointly develop visioning and strategic steps for each landscape in the implementation of GEF SGP Phase 7 so that the benefits can be felt at the local level and contribute to global achievements.

On 14 – 16 November 2023, at the Risata Resort Kuta, the Wisnu Foundation joined the meeting to share experiences as an Umbrella Institution (Host) in implementing the Nusa Penida Ecological program. Denik Puriati and Gede Sughiarta as sources said that there were many important things that Wisnu did and paid attention to as the host. Some of these include consolidating and communicating with the GEF SGP Indonesia Secretariat and local governments, avoiding exclusivity and mediating conflicts in the field, and designing an exit strategy when the program ends so that the movement can continue.

Collaborating with JED – Village Ecotourism Network (www.jed.or.id) and building the Bukit Keker Learning House (www.ekologisnusapenida.net) in Banjar Nyuh are steps taken as an exit strategy. It is hoped that both of them can become a medium for sustaining the joint movement in achieving the vision/mission of Ecologic Nusa Penida, making the people of this small island region have high socio-cultural and ecological resilience in facing the pressures of globalization.

Next, the four Phase 7 Hosts explained the strategic issues each faced. In general, the four of them face almost the same issues, namely reduced forest land cover due to mining or monoculture farming, lack of food independence, and management of natural resources based on customary rules has not been carried out optimally. Several activities have been carried out to respond to this strategic issue, and are currently still ongoing, so there are not many achievements that can be measured and talked about. At least some land has been restored and the number of people and villages receiving the program has increased.

Visioning for each landscape was prepared and discussed on the second day, such as:

  • Restoring the function of the Balantieng watershed as a food production for South Sulawesi
  • Natuna Wildlife Reserve – Tahura (People’s Forest Park) Gorontalo as water provider
  • The islands of Sabu and Raijua are resilient in facing climate change
  • The activities carried out in the Bodri watershed are an inspiration for other regions in Indonesia

So, to be able to realize this vision, each Host must prepare a Strategic, Risk and Risk Mitigation Plan Table. Each Host provides input to the other Hosts, together with the GEF SGP Indonesia Secretariat, Strategic Team, and Resource Persons. This table will be used by the Hosts as a reference for implementing future programs.

In general, the GEF SGP Indonesia Umbrella Institution Visioning Meeting Phase 7 went according to plan, where the goals and expected outcomes were achieved. The Organizing Team saw that the flow was interesting and ran smoothly with little delay, the material was able to open up insights and was in line with what was expected, and the participants took it seriously and were actively involved and shared with each other. All participants stated that this meeting was useful, with a score of 9/10 out of 1-10. Based on input from participants, there are several things that need to be improved, including extending meeting times and carrying out outdoor activities.

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