It is one of five provinces in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. Its provincial capital is Palangkaraya and in 2010 its population was over 2.2 million, while the 2015 showed a rise to 2.49 million and the latest official estimate (for mid 2019) is 2,649,803. The population growth rate was almost 3.0% per annum between 1990 and 2000, one of the highest provincial growth rates in Indonesia during that time; in the subsequent decade to 2010 the average annual growth rate slowed markedly to around 1.8%, but it rose again in the decade beginning 2010. More than is the case in other province in the region, Central Kalimantan is populated by the Dayaks, the indigenous inhabitants of Borneo.
Peatland restoration via sustainable gelam.
The project is based on establishing a sustainable value chain for independent smallholders or , around a processing facility that is committed to buying from smallholders practicing sustainable management of Gelam(Melaleuca Cajuputi). Gelam is a common forest tree species growing in degraded peat soils inthe coastal regions of southern Kalimantan. Gelam produces charcoal, essential oils, poles and sawn-timber. The business model for this timber is based on establishing sound ownership of the resource through farm forestry that could include carbon farming.
The Gelam in Central Kalimantan is produced mainly in Pulang Pisau with most coming from village forests, forest estate land (KPH) or non forest land (APL). Most of the Gelam timber products are produced by small groups of independent smallholders. Collectors obtain poles and logs from a number of producers and transport them to processors or sawmills located in Banjarmasin. At present very few smallholder producers are involved in processing in Pulang Pisau or practice any form of sustainable management of the resource, so there is a large scope for investment. Establishing support for independent Gelam producers in Pulang Pisau will enable better value adding opportunities directly while supporting environmental sustainability and the district moving towards a green growth economy.
Area: Pulang Pisau, Central Kalimantan
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Last updated: March, 2020