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PT Bio Inti Agrindo with BBKSDA Forms Fire Care and Forest Police Partner Groups in Lake Bian Wildlife Reserve

05 June 2024
PT Bio Inti Agrindo with BBKSDA Forms Fire Care and Forest Police Partner Groups in Lake Bian Wildlife Reserve
PT Bio Inti Agrindo with BBKSDA Forms Fire Care and Forest Police Partner Groups in Lake Bian Wildlife Reserve
PT Bio Inti Agrindo with BBKSDA Forms Fire Care and Forest Police Partner Groups in Lake Bian Wildlife Reserve
PT Bio Inti Agrindo with BBKSDA Forms Fire Care and Forest Police Partner Groups in Lake Bian Wildlife Reserve
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PT Bio Inti Agrindo (BIA) is collaborating with the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) Papua to establish Fire Care Community (MPA) and Forest Police Partner (MMP). This initiative spans two weeks and targets eight villages within the Lake Bian Wildlife Reserve (SM) area.

The villages that are the focus of this activity include Pachas Village, Boha Village, Kolam Village, Waan Village, Muting Village, Kiendiki Village, Selil Village, and Selauw Village. The first phase took place from June 5 until 7, 2024, in Pachas, Boha, Kolam, and Waan, while the second phase ran from June 7 until 9, 2024, in Muting, Kiendiki, Selil, and Selauw.

This initiative aims to enhance community engagement in protecting their local environment and forests. By forming these groups, the community is expected to become more proactive in preventing forest fires and conserving nature.

Training and group formation were supported by experts from the Forest Police of the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Land Affairs of Merauke Regency, South Papua Province, as well as from Satpol PP and Manggala Agni. Participants included village representatives from around the Lake Bian Wildlife Reserve, with each village sending 15 participants for the MPA and 5 for the MMP.

The formation of the MPA and MMP groups follows guidelines from the Regulation of the Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation No. P.2/IV-SET/2014 on the Establishment and Development of Fire Care Communities, and the Regulation of the Minister of Forestry No. P.56/Menhut-II/2014 on Forest Police Partner Communities. The process included both theoretical and practical training sessions.

The establishment of the MPA and MMP groups aims to prepare and equip the local community to efficiently handle potential forest fires and actively participate in environmental conservation efforts. Direct community involvement also supports sustainable forest protection and conservation programs in the Merauke region.

This initiative not only provides participants with practical knowledge and skills but also fosters collective awareness of the importance of environmental protection. The collaboration between PT Bio Inti Agrindo (BIA) and BBKSDA Papua is expected to significantly impact forest conservation and the well-being of communities around the Lake Bian Wildlife Reserve.