Central Kalimantan is the second widest province in Indonesia after Papua. In the recent years, Central Kalimantan was being an important barometer for the success of forest and peatland management, not only in Indonesia but the world.
Problems of forest and peatland in Central Kalimantan nowadays came from the fault of policy in the past. Two decades ago, the peatland that spread out between Katingan River and Kahayan River opened for farming area under Peatland Farming Project. But at the end, the project was failed and leaves the peatland damage in more than five hundred thousand hectares at Pulang Pisau District.
The dried peatland finally become flammable. It happens each years, and the climax happened in 2015. Sixteen thousand fire points be in Central Kalimantan and around 26,000 hectares area burnt out.
Hundred thousands Central Kalimantan people has been affected from the fire and haze. Their activity hampered, their health threatened, and their environment polluted as well as the air and water. The education of thousands children has been hampered. And we are still speculating about how the fire could impact the fetal growth in mother’s womb that smoke inhale.
The vanishing of forest was be the beginning of historical tradition destruction from thousand years ago. Story about local wisdom in natural resource management, like or not, be replaced with the nature that already destructed. And then this is be the bad precedent for the government. Because the government seems so neglectful and not able to protect life of the people.
See the importance of peatland, INFIS with USAID Lestari captured vary efforts to peatland preservation in Landscape Katingan-Kahayan into a documentary. Those documentaries are “Katingan Kahayan Kini” (Recent of Katingan-Kahayan) that talks about the landscape condition and efforts to conservation on the area, and “Terus Berladang, Hentikan Kebakaran” (Keep Farming, Halt the Fire) that talks about inspirational stories of farmer that succeed to implementing farming without burning method in peatland area.
That two films officially launched at Pemuda Bicara event which held in KONI Building, Palangka Raya on October 15th-16th 2016 ago. Not only film screening, but discussion about those films also conducted and invited speakers like the filmmaker, figure in those film, and stakeholders which have connection with peatland issue in Central Kalimantan, especially around Landscape of Katingan-Kahayan area.
Wanna watch the films? Those are available in link below: