Dorin Lida Kusumawardani

University of Missouri

I am grateful for the opportunity became the part of CIFOR Fellowship Program, through this program I pursued my Master Degree in Agroforestry in University of Missouri. This program had supported me to grow as young professional in forestry sector.

This program allowed me to design my first social research about social forestry issue in Indonesia. The opportunity to be guided with very supportive professor and to conduct research in the field was widen my perspective. I had an amazing experience to combine between theory and the real condition in the field. During the 2 years’ experienced, I gained a lot of knowledge especially in social research method, economic, community development, environment and forestry issue.

My current work focuses on REDD+ Program in Kalimantan to support the local community through the social economic improvement and sustainable forest management. I support the monitoring and evaluation activity for the program, analyze and report the data for donor and management unit.

Factors affecting participation in Indonesian social forestry

Social forestry was designed as a solution for massive deforestation, lack of land access and poverty issues in community dependent forests. The Indonesian Government allocated 12.7 million ha of forest area as community managed forests through a social forestry program. This paper analyzes the factors affecting household participation in Indonesian Social Forestry. Participants are defined as households who are formal members and actively participate in a social forestry group. A survey was conducted with 240 households in three different villages in the region of Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan. The logistic regression estimates indicate that training in forestry, more landownership, experiences of natural resource conflict and dependence on forest resources increase the likelihood of household participation in a social forestry group. The study finds that a higher education level by the head of household decreased the odds of household participation by 81%. In addition, households from Penepian Raya village were less likely to participate than households from Selaup Village.

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