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Kabar Itah

Edition 53 : July - September 2017

Editorial Participatory mapping for developing villages
After much careful thought, we decided to
end our partnership with the Artisanal Gold
Council in implementing the Canadian-
funded project that was supporting a safer,
cleaner and more profitable artisanal and
small scale gold mining sector in Indonesia.
Ironically, we made our decision in the same
month that Indonesia ratified the Minamata
Convention, which obliges the country to rein
in the rampant use of mercury in the sector.
This is a milestone event because up to then
government mainly turned a blind eye to
the massive amounts to mercury that were
being released into the environment. This
was creating a toxic time bomb that could
explode at any time with deadly impact on a
largely unaware populace.
Participants of Participatory Mapping Training in Tumbang Anoi village learning how to use a
compass to determine coordinate points in map making
We continue to work on this and other
issues in the sector through two smaller
projects, and we expect to make a positive
contribution to ongoing efforts to introduce
cleaner technologies and safer practices, so In a partnership with USAID LESTARI processes, but also provided hands-on
that miners and others involved this activity entitled ‘Collaborative Management field practice on the use of compasses,
will improve their quality of life and well- and Sustainable Livelihood Initiative measuring devices, and GPS to map
being. With government fully on board now, in Gunung Mas district’, the YTS residential areas, rivers, sources of
it will be much easier for us to engage with Community Development team clean water and the village boundary.
what was deemed an illegal activity. has been conducting training on
Our community development activities participatory mapping in eight Participants welcomed the training
are moving ahead nicely: we nearly have villages along the upper Kahayan and were very happy with the
completed participatory mapping in eight River in Gunung Mas Regency. material they received. Kusmawanson
villages along the upper reaches of the Participants included the village from Tumbang Marikoi village said,
Kahayan River. This is part of a US government government, villagers, women, “Hopefully the results of this training
funded social forestry project that is aimed can be practiced for the benefit
customary leaders and the Village
at empowering communities to protect
Consultative Body. of the community and we can be
and enhance their forest resources. The
first step was to define and legalise their entrusted as government partners”.
village boundaries and forest estate. In early The training activities took place Maria, a village government staff
next year, we will begin to work with the from July to September, starting representative said, “Participatory
communities on forest-related livelihood in Tumbang Maraya, continuing in mapping training is very useful
activities, such as growing rubber and red August in Tumbang Mahuroi and to increase our knowledge
ginger, both potentially high value cash crops. Tumbang Anoi, and finishing off in and for application in our daily
That’s the main news for this quarter as we head September in Karetau Sarian and work.” Pilih T. Manan, who is the
into the final leg of the year. We will be letting you Karetau Rambangun. Head of Development Affairs in
know how the year ended in a few months’ time. Tumbang Anoi village, expressed
In the training, experts not only his expectation, “In the future, this
taught basic theory and mapping training can help the community
Bardolf Paul
Executive Director Continued on page 3
CSR Coordination Forum: Bringing Government, Communities, and Private
Sectors together for Sustainable Development in Gunung Mas

Training participants representing government, companies and communities having a discussion and a simulation on how to facilitate forums

To strengthen the capacity of Corporate Social Responsibility training, and am inspired to provide better education to my
or CSR governance in Gunung Mas district, YTS conducted a pre-school students back in my village. “
number of activities in collaboration with the Gunung Mas
government, supported by the ASEAN CSR Network. “This training on facilitation is very good; I learned a lot on
how to be a good facilitator, and I will use the skills not only
CEO meeting was conducted twice in August and attended for CCF, but also for company meetings and in the villages
by representatives of companies, financial institutions, near our operating area. I hope there will be other training
and Gunung Mas government officials. It produced a list to follow up this one; I am willing to attend them when they
of government programs that companies and financial happen,” said Ahmad Zaini from PT. Taiyoung Engreen.
institutions selected to be part of their CSR programs.
We held another workshop on CSR program integration in
the town of Tewah on 27 September. More than 100 people
Twenty-two participants from Planning, Setda, Forestry,
came from various government agencies, future CSR program
Plantation, and Mining agencies participated in a basic
beneficiaries, companies, and financial institutions in Gunung
training for CCF organizers that enabled them to organize CCF Mas. This workshop resulted in action plans for integrating
activities in a proper manner. In the training in Palangka Raya, the CSR program between all parties, and ended up with all
12 participants from three companies, two villages and seven CCF stakeholders signing an official agenda that will become
government agencies learned basic facilitation skills that a Memorandum of Understanding on CSR integration.
prepared them for facilitating the CCF in Gunung Mas.
Drs. Salampak M.Si, Head of the Gunung Mas planning
Siti, a villager from Batu Tangkui felt happy to be involved agency stated that that the CCF is a clear expression of the
in the CCF facilitator training: “I feel that this training is very government’s commitment for better CSR governance in
useful to improve my knowledge and to make me smarter Gunung Mas. “Gunung Mas should be a pilot project for the
about CSR issues. I gained some new experiences from this best CSR practice in Indonesia” he said enthusiastically.

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The Story of our Homeland:
Tewang Pajangan miners and farmers telling their stories through photos

With funding from the Canadian International Resources and meant for community life. The team could also see how
Development Institute, CIRDI, and in collaboration with Sam people interpreted the environmental changes, and their
Spiegel from Edinburgh University, Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta expectations regarding change generated by ASGM activities.
conducted research on a ‘Visual Story-telling Project’ on miners
and farmers in Tewang Pajangan village, Gunung Mas district. A few weeks later, the YTS ASGM team conducted a ‘photo-
voice’ activity for two days on September 19th and 20th. This
The study itself consists of a series of field activities that are activity was aimed at enabling community members to voice
interconnected. Over three days, from August the 28th to the what is important in their lives represented by photos they
30th, the YTS ASGM team began with ‘ground-truthing’ as had taken. A group of 12 people took part in the training,
their first research activity, using the results from a UNOSAT which started with a session on camera use and photo-
remote sensing study of the local area to check local people’s taking technique. After the training, they were given a week
perceptions of landscape change. to take photos depicting things they considered important
in their lives. In the follow-up activity in October, the group
The study looked at physical changes in the local landscape will discuss the photos and tell the stories described in their
over time, classifying land according to a set of categories. pictures. The team will also ask them to talk about their life
Each category was represented by a different color in the stories, histories and the changes in the environment in
UNOSAT satellite imagery. These categories were translated Tewang Pajangan village, as well as their opinions and hopes
into the Dayak language in order to be understood more in addressing the village situation.
easily by the local community.
In closing the series of research activities, YTS will conduct a
By involving village officials and customary leaders, as well workshop and photo exhibition in late November in which
as 12 participants, representing female and male miners the participants will share their stories through the photos
and farmers in Focus Group Discussions, the YTS ASGM they took. By inviting local government, this activity is
team could see what different categories of landscape expected to touch local policy makers.

One of the photos from Restiana, a participant in the ‘Visual story-telling’ project.The title is: ‘Sand pump machine on the Kahayan riverbank’

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in making a map.” From Tumbang Mahuroi village, Yuliana At the end of the training, all participants agreed on a set
said the benefits of the training provide a new experience. of follow-up actions: to conduct village boundary surveys,
“In addition to obtaining new knowledge, it also helps mapping surveys, and potential mapping surveys to identify
our parents in measuring land for managing the sale and potential social forestry and other potentials as a source of
purchase of land,” said Yuliana. community livelihood.

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Profile: Reginaldi Bambang, Kalimantan Kids Club student

farming business. The fish they raise in their
pond is for family consumption, and is very
helpful in supporting their food needs.

He has been receiving a scholarship from
YTS since August 2015 and uses it for school
needs, transport to school, and some for
home needs as well. He hopes to continue
the scholarship until he finishes his current
high school education, and possibly to
realise his dream to study fisheries. “If there
was a chance, I would like to continue
my studies at university, specializing in
Reginaldi is very keen to concentrate on exploring fish cultivation fisheries,” said Reginaldi. He added, “In the
future I would like to be a fish expert and
be able to make my own fishery business.”
He also expressed his concern about using
Reginaldi Bambang is a first year student in a vocational fisheries to help the community, “Now fish is a bit difficult
high school in Sei Gohong village. To explore more deeply to get and is expensive. I would like to pursue the field of
his interest in fish cultivation, he is concentrating on the fisheries to help foster fish breeding and marketing in order
Fisheries Agribusiness. to improve the quality and reduce the price.”

Not only does he learn about fish cultivation and all related Outside of school hours, he works seasonally to harvest
knowledge from his current studies, Reginaldi also learns palm oil from the plantation nearby in neighborhood. He
from his mother who is an active member of a Joint Business works not only to support his own needs, but also to help
Group in Sei Gohong Trans village. His parents have just his parents with basic food needs, as the family income
recently built a fish pond which allows him to do more is low. His father works as a craftsman and his mother is a
practice while simultaneously helping his parents’ fish fisherwoman.

Minamata Convention: Curbing mercury use
Mercury, also called quicksilver, is a chemical element in Indonesia is one of the countries that has ratified the
the form of silvery liquid metal. It is very dangerous for convention. At the national level, President Joko Widodo
health and the environment. According to the World Health released his Presidential Instruction regarding the ban
Organization, it may harm developing neurological systems on mercury use. The instructions will be followed up by
of unborn babies and children, and may impact the nervous, activities to eliminate the use of mercury, especially in small
digestive and immune systems, as well as the lungs, kidneys, scale gold mining.
skin and eyes. A lot of mercury is used in artisanal and small-
scale gold mining, or ASGM activities. ASGM is the largest In a similar commitment to protect communities from the
source of mercury pollution into the environment. dangers of exposure to mercury, Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta
started working on ways to reduce mercury exposure well
Seeing it as a serious global threat, the international community before the President issued his instruction. Starting in 2007,
works together actively to reduce and eliminate mercury use we introduced technology to contain and capture mercury
in both industrial and ASGM activities. Negotiations starting in vapour, using retorts and water box condensers to recycle
2009 were led by the United Nations Environment Programme, mercury that previously was released into the environment.
UNEP, and in 2013 resulted in an agreement called the Minamata We also experimented with techniques to totally eliminate
Convention, which increased interest in the endeavour mercury from the process. These are environmentally-
worldwide. In August this year, the Convention entered into friendly ways to process gold that do not adversely affect
force globally, and in September, the Conference of the Parties individual health or the environment. In addition, we have
to the Minamata Convention was held in Geneva, Switzerland. been implementing awareness-raising campaigns on
Some 128 countries and 84 parties signed the agreement with a mercury hazards for miners, school children and
target for mercury use to be completely banned by 2021. miners’ wives.

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Training program on making fish food and on fish cultivation techniques for
Joint Business Groups in Bukit Batu

Participants being equipped with in-class theory and practice of making fish feed assisted by local fish experts

The soft breeze blowing through the windows and doors of two local fish experts, Muhammad Muhyi and Supriyadi, the
the Fish Cultivation Training Center in Palangka Raya was very participants were very active learners. Regarding the training
soothing that morning. It was the 22nd of August, the second process, Muhammad Muhyi, also known as Eko, remarked
day of the training program on making fish food and fish about the high level of enthusiasm,” Participants were
cultivation techniques. With a soft wave of dangdut music in enthusiastic in learning and doing the practice.”
the room and a bit of cloudy weather, the day for practicing
calculating the formula for making fish food began. The On the last training day, representatives of each KUB
participants were fully engrossed but relaxed. The previous presented testimonials about the training. They expressed
day was for in-class theory, and the day after will be to their gratitude for the knowledge and practice they
practice making fish feed assisted by the experts. acquired about aquaculture. They also expressed the need
for assistance in the field for their businesses. Norma, a
The event, which is a collaborative project between Susila representative of KUB Sei Gohong Trans said that, “Our hope
Dharma organisations and Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta, ran from for the future is that we can increase our fish feed production
the 21st to the 31st of August. Two Joint Business Groups and our overall fish cultivation business.”
or KUB merged in one set of training for three days. A total
number of 30 participants represented six KUBs from six At the end, YTS’s Vice Director, Agus Slamet Priyono Hariyadi,
different villages in Bukit Batu subdistrict. delivered his closing speech to officially close the event
and hoped that the participants would be more capable in
The event was aimed to encourage the KUBs to increase their producing quality fish feed and that the KUB members will be
livelihood production. With the teaching and assistance of more successful in improving their livelihoods.

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News Flash Agenda

Social Forestry for Community Welfare October
In order to encourage the development of Community Forests, YTS is Governance
collaborating with USAID LESTARI to socialize and facilitate social forestry Coordination with relevant local governments
proposals for Community Forestry schemes. YTS started discussing and CSR Secretariat Advanced Training in Gunung Mas Regency
coordinating this with the provincial Forest Agency, and then met with the CSR Lessons-Learned Workshop in Gunung Mas Regency
village government and community in seven villages to discuss further.
Community Development
This resulted in an agreement to apply for a Community Forest Utilization
Participatory mapping training in Miri Manasa
Permit, with the aim of establishing Community Forest schemes in all
Capacity building for village government
seven villages.
Monitoring and strengthening livelihood activities
Up to September, proposals have been submitted for Tumbang Posu, Facilitation of social forestry proposals
Karetau Sarian, Tumbang Mahuroi, and Tumbang Marikoi villages. The Focus Groups on map clarification and correction
other areas, such as Tumbang Maraya, Lawang Kanji, and Tumbang Anoi, Final Workshop to validate maps
will continue after this. Fish cultivation training in Sei Gohong
The proposals were prepared by the Chairs of the Community Groups Fish feed training follow-up
and were submitted to six parties - Ministry of Environment and Forestry,
Artisanal & Small-scale Gold Mining
Central Kalimantan Governor, Gunung Mas Regent, Provincial Forestry
Life history interviews in Tewang Pajangan
Agency, Provincial Working Group for the Acceleration of Social Forestry,
Impact assessment, health awareness raising in Sepang Simin
and the Center for Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership of
Kalimantan region.

Meeting with the Environment Agency and Pure Earth on the Governance
elimination of mercury use Coordination with relevant local governments
CSR Secretariat Advanced Training in Gunung Mas Regency
In the middle of September, YTS, the Environment Agency in Gunung
Mas District, and Pure Earth, formerly known as the Blacksmith Institute, Community Development
met together in the district capital of Kuala Kurun to discuss plans Workshop on Community-Based Forest Management
to eliminate mercury use in the ASGM sector. Budi Susilorini from Annual review & planning in villages & subdistricts
Pure Earth explained the support and resources they can provide to Basic training on fish cultivation
institutions and communities, such as equipment and technicians, Intensive training on fish cultivation
technical assistance, and funds for socialization and awareness raising Intensive monitoring & coaching on fish cultivation
on the dangers of mercury. The Head of the agency, Calvin Sahay, Initial visit of local chicken experts
welcomed the project and expressed their willingness to contribute to Training on chicken cultivation for village facilitators
implementing the project. Artisanal & Small-scale Gold Mining
Final workshop & photo exhibition in Tewang Pajangan
KKC scholarship program announcement Meeting with Environment Agency in Gunung Mas

YTS supports children from poor families to pursue their education December
at high school and university. This program is called Kalimantan Kids Governance
Club and is funded by Susila Dharma Canada. The program provides
Capacity building for village government
scholarships to 60 young people, support their education costs and
basic needs. In September, our field staff screened all of the applicants Community Development
and made a final selection. The students will receive their scholarship YTS annual review & planning
funds in November.
Artisanal & Small-scale Gold Mining
Impact assessment, health awareness raising in Tewah &
Aquaculture for fish cultivation in Bukit Batu Tumbang Miri

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