REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- The long chain of supply from community based forest management to customer is usually the reason why the economic value becomes less optimal. Market driven approach is the solution for this problem. This model is currently developed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry with Multi-Stakeholders Forestry Programme Stage 4 (MFP4).
In market driven approach, Market Access Players (MAP) substitutes the role of middleman. MAP, either from organization or company, is directly cooperating with people, connecting the forest product to big-scale buyers. They are also coaching and developing the people’s capabilities who live in the forest area.
“One of the main factor of community based forest management is field coaching and developing their capacity. With this, farmers can boost their bargain and get optimum advantage of the commodity,” said Secretary of Directorate General of Sustainable Forest Management, Misran, during a dialogue with farmers group of Community Forest Sedyo Lestari in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, on Saturday (24/4).
Manager Stakeholder Engagement MFP4, Hening Parlan, said the market driven approach has three principles. They are forest sustainability, social welfare, and business continuity. This model is believed to be an answer for forest business’ anxiety.
“By responding to the right market needs, the forest produce will be in line with market trend and customer’s needs. This model will ensure sustainable business and give positive impact to people and environment,” Hening said.
Head of Bukit Seribu Association, Sudarmi, said market driven approach is able to give optimum price to their selling price. He added that the model helps his group with coaching and facilitating.
“Wood marketing is no longer a problem because we are facilitated. Instead of connecting directly with buyer, we use cooperative so that the selling price is equal. It also gives a big advantage for the group,” he said.
Bukit Seribu Association is a communication platform for Forest Community in Gunungkidul. Sudarmi said, since it was established in 2007, the members have been harvesting since 2019. In their third year, there was 12 groups that were ready to harvest month by month.
During the dialogue, Sudarmi expressed his wish to grow other plants beside teak so that they can get middle term income.
“We also wish that our decades of waiting this teak are paid off by maximum price that we could get, including a solution for small woods. We want it to have more value, rather than become only firewood,” he said.
Answering to that, Misran explained that The Job Creation Act allows permit holder to have multiple business/forestry business. The multi-business scheme is governed by Annual Work Plan (RKT), either short term, midterm, or long term.
“Back then, HPH for instance, can only produce woods. Now there are many things that can be developed in their areas. As long as it follows the regulation, we support the development plan,” he said.
In the future, Misran said that multi-business such as environmental services and non-timber forest products (HHBK) will develop. Moreover, multi-business nowadays has become legal based on regulation.