resource inventory was carried out on forest patches
near the study sites in East Sumba over two weeks in April/May(2005).
Species of trees with economic significance were identified and
their abundance assessed. This inventory was an output of a training
exercise supported by the Crawford Fund and the CRC Tropical Savannas
Management. It brought together a group of 20 resource managers
from land management agencies across NTT. The results of the forest
inventory were presented to the local BAPPEDA and NGO’s.
Economic surveys in the ACIAR project have highlighted the significance
of the resources within the forest patches to the livelihood of
the farmers of NTT. Formal presentations were made in Waingapu.
These sessions gave the background information (environmental and
socio-economic) about the village study sites near Waingapu and
the causes and impacts of fire at these sites. The formal sessions
also covered the theory and application of fire and land use mapping
and forest resource inventory. Participants also did an economic
assessment of forest resources, including market surveys of produce
derived from forest resources. The data were collated and analysed
by the participants and training presenters.
Villagers also assisted with the forest resource training, guiding
the training participants in choosing study sites and identifying
species of significance. The resource assessment will be used as
a land management planning tool by the provincial planning board
(BAPPEDA). The training participants will be able to use the methods
they have learnt in their work as natural resource managers in NTT.
Collaborations between CDU and UKSW: UKSW and
CDU are developing ongoing collaborations associated with the ACIAR
Fire in Eastern Indonesia Project. UKSW is well positioned to lead
or collaborate in research activities in eastern Indonesia. At UKSW,
research and collaborations in Eastern Indonesia are coordinated
through the UKSW Centre for Studies in Eastern Indonesia.
In the next academic year (commencing September 2005), UKSW will
adopt existing CDU postgraduate units, including GIS and Landscape
Ecology and Ecology and Management of Tropical Savannas, for teaching
at UKSW in the coursework Master program. It is planned in the longer
term to develop case studies from Eastern Indonesia, using results
of the ACIAR Fire Project, to be included in the learning materials
used at CDU and UKSW.
Visiting CDU (, funded by the ATSE Crawford Fund) Dharama Palekahelu
from UKSW attended the North Australian GIS and Remote Sensing conference
4rd – 8th July 2005. He is seeking to further develop those
skills and to network with GIS & RS professionals in northern
Australia, with a view to building RS & GIS capacity on his
home campus, in both postgraduate education and research.
Other visitors from UKSW have been Dr Agna Krave, Dean, Faculty
of Biology, who visited here in May 2004, and Dr Ferry Karwur, Biology
Postgraduate Coordinator and lecturer and Director of the Centre
for Studies in Eastern Indonesia at UKSW, who visited CDU in May
Report on higher education activities (PDF)
- 18-26 June 2004 Visit to Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga
Running parallel to the ACIAR fire project, links with Satya Wacana
Christian University (UKSW) in Salitiga in Central Java, whose major
student intake is from NTT, continued to be strengthened. Rohan
Fisher was invited to conduct a GIS workshop at UKSW. He presented
a series of lectures and a five day workshop from 24th of May to
1st of June.
Rohan presented lectures that included an overview of the ACIAR
project, descriptions of GIS and satellite mapping methodologies,
results and applications. The audience comprised about 60 ecology
students on the 24th May and to over 550 students and staff in one
open lecture on 1st June. The audiences came from all over Indonesia
with large numbers from NTT.
The five day workshop was attended by twenty seven people, the
majority of which where government/university professionals and
NGO representatives from NTT and Kalimantan. The workshop focused
on using data collected in the development of the ACIAR Fire project
to explain Remote sensing and GIS concepts and processing methodology.
Intensive hands-on training and lecturing provided participants
with an overview of satellite imagery, image processing/analysis,
GIS mapping/analysis and GPS data integration.
An internet site was developed from this training: http://i.domaindlx.com/forumgiskti/
Results of the fire mapping component of the project were delivered
at North Australian GIS and Remote Sensing conference 4rd –
8th July 2005. Seminars about the project have been presented to
a variety of audiences and include seminars to Indonesian government
officers by the NTT project leader, BAPPEDA officers by NTT, the
Indonesian Consulate in Darwin by the Darwin project leader.
have been held during May (2004) in Sumba and Flores in association
with the burning activities at the filed sites. These field days
provided practical demonstrations of safe and effective methods
for use burning to establish fire breaks and an effective, informal
transfer of information about the expected benefits of these practices.
Photos and video footage obtained during this exercise will be used
to produce further information (pamphlets and video) to raise awareness
amongst villagers and government officers.
are being established at each of the study villages to demonstrate
different farming and fire management techniques. Agro-forestry
skills from Indonesian and Australian project staff are guiding
the establishment of nurseries and planting programs. In developing
alternative farm income we hope to encourage more strategic use
of fire in land mangement.
outlining the progress in the project and displaying fire scars derived from satellite
imagery have been produced in English and Indonesian and distributed to government
offices in NTT, ACIAR offices in Canberra and Jakarta, the Indonesian Consulate
in Darwin and to CDU in Darwin.