The Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park area (TNGGP) has been known internationally since ancient times, when western travelers (Dutch botanical researchers). Nationally, the TNGGP area also has significance in the history of conservation and botany research, since this area was the first conservation area in Indonesia to be designated as the Cibodas Nature Reserve in 1889.
In order to improve the effectiveness of national park area management, guidelines on the management of National Park has been published a follow-up to the Decree of Director General of PHKA Number SK.181/ IV-Set/2010 dated 18 November 2010. This included on the Resort Based Management (RBM) as a strategy to strengthen regional management at the site level. Resort Based Management (RBM) or management of resort-based national park areas as the smallest unit is an approach at the field level, the condition of conservation areas will be better known, the area will be more protected and managed.
Data analysis and field conditions is carried out at the Regional Section level, National Park Management Division and compiled at the highest unit (Balai Besar/UPT) level, so more complete data and information will be available in time series, as a basis for more accurate further planning. SMART Patrol/RBM is a tool for collecting, storing, analyzing, evaluating, and communicating/ reporting the results of field activities at the site level to management. This activity can also involving the Forestry Partners Community, so that the results or coverage of the monitoring and data generated can be presented more fully.
As the conditions above, BBTNGGP considers it necessary to conduct in-house smart patrol / RBM training in order to support and to increase the capacity of human resources in forestry implementation. Smart patrol/RBM in-house training activities conducted with the support of ITTO PROJECT PD 777/15 REV. 3 (F): “ACCELERATING THE RESTORATION OF CIBODAS BIOSPHERE RESERVE (CBR) FUNCTIONS THROUGH PROPER MANAGEMENT OF LANDSCAPES INVOLVING LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS”, especially activity 3 “To Enhance Capacity in Core Area Protection by Involving Local Communities in Forest Patrol Operations and Providing Essential Facilities”. The training was held for 3 days involving 43 field officers and 17 Community Forestry Partners/MMPs as training participants. The training was held on 22 to 24 July 2020 within Cibodas offices, with the aim to provide and deliver knowledge and skills to field officers and management elements on work to use the SMART System as a patrol data management tool. Also how to present data and analyze the data produced.
- The purpose of this activity were to:
- Provide knowledge and understanding to GGPNP field officers regarding data collection and recording using the SMART system.
- Provide knowledge and understanding of GGPNP staff in data analyzing and presenting/ reporting the patrol data using the SMART System.
- Prepare SMART implementation in GGPNP as a patrol/RBM data management system
The implementation of this activity involved resource persons/trainers from the Directorate of Regional Conservation, Pakuan University and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
This SMART training is a small part of the implementation of RBM. GGPNP as one of the oldest national parks in Indonesia is committed to continue to strengthen resources at the resort level which includes strengthening on its personnel (Forestry Police, Forest Ecosystem Controller, and Forestry Extension), budget, and management facilities.
Data collection at resorts is not limited on planned activities. However, all data collection is carried out in accordance with mechanisms and formats, making it easier to process the data. For this reason, monitoring and evaluation after the training will be continued, further training at the regional level will be carried out to sharpen the knowledge on the application. It is also important on the processing and data input in the effectiveness of management of national parks that provide optimal benefits. Hopefully it can encourage the management of GGPNP with a complete, structured, and tiered data information system in realizing effective and efficient management.