Mulawarman University (UNMUL), with its core of Tropical Rainforest Environment specialization, fully realizes its role in educational, research, and extension activities in the resource-rich province of East Kalimantan. UNMUL continuously strives to enhance its role in developing human resources to support sustainable use and management of forest resources as an integral part of Indonesian development programmes, acknowledging that these simultaneously contribute to global human well-being and a healthy environment.
With such concerns in mind, the typical establishment and improvement of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programmes has been supplemented by UNMUL through the founding of the Tropical Rainforest Research Centre (PPHT) and the Environment Research Centre (PPLH), whose activities have been well known even at international levels. Since July 1, 1997, UNMUL has further enhanced its contribution to sustainable forest resources development by establishing the Centre for Social Forestry (CSF) with the official Indonesian name of UPT. Perhutanan Sosial, Universitas Mulawarman.
The establishment of CSF is aimed at expanding the capacity of UNMUL staff in education, training, research and policy development, extension and outreach activities in Social Forestry. This is a response to growing domestic and international demand for sustainable development of forest management systems to contribute to the welfare of forest dwellers and, as well, provide benefits for other forest stakeholders.
In line with the globally accepted concepts and principles of Social Forestry and the goals of Indonesian forest development, CSF activities are directed at providing a concrete contribution to the development of Social Forestry as a wide range of systems for sustainable use and management of forest resources, based upon ecological principles, democratic partnership and mutual benefits for stakeholders concerned.

In our new millenium, the CSF predicts three main areas of concern:
1. Globalization and the various free-markets would stimulate more commercialization of forest products. The exploitation of forest resources would increase significantly.
2. Economic development, growing population and, in the case of East Kalimantan, the establishment of new administrative Districts throughout the province would put pressure on forest resources as well as stimulate a wide ranging conversion of forest areas for various purposes; thus the number and size of forest areas would significantly decrease.
3. Stiff competition in the use of forest resources and forest areas would stimulate and intensify conflicts among forest stakeholders.
With such realities, a variety of strategies are called for to ensure sustainable use and management of forest resources that are compatible to general forest development policies, local community wisdom and practical needs.
The CSF also foresees the emergence of a wide range of sustainable use and management systems for forest resources in the world’s tropical rainforest areas.

The CSF aims to become a “Centre of Excellence in Social Forestry” and an academic catalyst for sustainable use and management of tropical rainforest.

The CSF is mandated to develop education, training, research, policy inputs, as well as extension and outreach activities in Social Forestry.; to appropriately respond to growing issues and demand for sustainable development of forest management systems; to contribute to the welfare of forest dwellers; and, as well, to provide benefits for other forest stakeholders..

1. Providing education and training in Social Forestry to UNMUL faculty members and students, to the public and private sector organizations in order to gain basic skills and knowledge of Social Forestry and related disciplines.
2. Conducting research in Social Forestry to better understand issues related to the sustainability of forests and impact on communities.
3. Assisting local communities to better manage their forests and forest resources for their own benefits and all at once benefits to other stakeholders.
4. Assisting government, private companies, and other organizations to formulate policies and develop community programs that lead to effective management and sustainability of the forests and mutual benefits to all forest stakeholders.
5. Building up networking and fostering good relationships, collaborations and partnerships with related institutions, agencies, forest communities, and other forest stakeholders through both direct contacts and other possible means

1. Supporting Faculty of Forestry undergraduate and graduate programs at UNMUL in Social Forestry and in the development and teaching of the new Social Forestry Study Concentration (Major).
2. Initiating the “Strengthening Decentralization and Devolution of Forest Resource Management in East Kalimantan” programme by implementing research in local forest management practices and existing forest resource management regulations; by recommending alternative schemes for forest resource management suitable for local socio-cultural and ecological contexts; by developing decentralization training at Provincial and District levels; by developing criteria and indicators for monitoring and evaluation of decentralization implementation.
3. Assisting 5 village communities in West Kutai District to better manage their forests, by gradually implementing the collaboratively developed Village Action Guidelines (VAG).
4. Developing a series of necessary regulations for the implementation of the District Community Forestry Programme and in the implementation of the District Policy Guidelines (DPG).
5. Participating in base research to provide inputs for the Management Plan of the Gunung Lumut Protected Forest.
6. Participating in the Forest Conservation Project (FCP) to develop alternative scenarios toward Sustainable Forest Societies (SFS).
7. Developing detailed village profiles and data banks.
8. Consulting with industry to harmonize community-company interface and enhance mutual respect and cooperation.

Supervisor: Rector, Mulawarman University

Advisory Board (National): 
- First Vice Rector 
- Dean, Faculty of Forestry
- Dean, Faculty of Agriculture
- Dean, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Advisory Board (International):
- Ivan Gyozo SOMLAI (Canada)
- Prof. Dr. Makoto INOUE (Japan)
- Dr. Don Messerschmidt (USA)
- Dr. Christina Eghenter
- Dr. Carol Colfer
- Dr. Kuswata Kartasubrata
- Dr. Sondra Wentzel

Kepala : Dr. Ir. Fadjar Pambudhi, M. Sc

Sekretaris : Dr. Ir. Ndan Imang, MP

Education and Training Section: :
- Ir. Setiawati, M.P
- Dr. Ir. Rujehan, MP 
- Prof. Dr. Ir. Abubakar M.Lahjie, M.Agr

Research and Policy Dev. Section::

- Prof. Dr. Ir. Mustofa Agung SArdjono

- Dr. G. Simon Devung, M.Pd., M.Si
- Drs. Martinus Nanang, MA

Extension and Outreach Section:

- Dr. Ketut Gunawan, M.A
- Dr. Ir. Paulus Matius, M.Sc

Office Administration :
- Yusmiati, S.Hut
- Kueng Balan
- Ulfah

Assosiate Members : 40 professionals


SF is proud to name the following institutions which have cooperated with us in the development of quality programmes and activities.
- Indonesian Government Offices: Kutai Barat, Kutai Timur, Dishut, BPK, Disbun, Disnak, Disbangdes
- Indonesian NGOs: BIOMA;Yayasan PADI; Puti Jaji; International Community Forestry Network and Asia Forest Network FKKM [Forum Komunikasi Kehutanan Masyarakat – Indonesian Communication Forum on Community Forestry]; Mitra Program Kehutanan Multipihak [Multi-Stakeholders Forestry Programme Partnership]; Pusat Penelitian Masyarakat dan Kebudayaan - LIPI [Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia]; APKSA [Asosiasi Pemantau Kebijakan Sumberdaya Alam – Association for Monitoring Natural Resources Policies]; FORMIKAT [Forum Pemerhati Pembangunan Kalimantan Timur – East Kalimantan Development Watch Forum].

- Indonesian Post Secondary Institutions: LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences); Universitas Andalas; UNTAG.

- Indoensian Industries: Kaltim Prima Coal, Sumalindo, Unocal

- International Development Agencies: CIDA; DFID; GTZ; JICA; CARE

- International Sectoral Institutions: CIDES (Panama); CIFOR (Indonesia); Ford Foundation; FPRI (Japan); IGES (Japan); ITTO; RECOFTC (Thailand); Far Eastern Economic Research Institute (Russia)

- International Post Secondary Institutions:
- UCC (Canada); University of Manitoba (Canada); University Victoria, (Canada); University of Melbourne (Australia); University of Boden Kultur (Austria); University of Freiburg (Germany); University of Goettingen (Germany); University of Bonn (Germany);. University of Tokyo (Japan); University of Wageningen (Netherlands); University of Seoul (South Korea); Kasetsart University (Thailand); University of California-Berkeley (USA).

1. Conflict Mitigation/Resolution
2. Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
3. Participatory Inventory of Natural Resources (PINS)
4. Market Analysis of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs)
5. Participatory Mapping
6. Participatory Development Planning (LFA, RMB, ZOPP)
7. Strategic Planning Development (Renstra)
8. Social Forestry
9. Socio-Cultural Environment
11. Gender Analysis
12. Village Data Analysis
13. Land Tenure and Customary Institutions Issues
UPT. Perhutanan Sosial (CSF), Universitas Mulawarman
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Samarinda 75123
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