Franley Aprilano Oley - Secretary of Merabu Village Forest, Berau, East Kalimantan
Nature Hero YKAN
Nature Hero Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara
Merabu Village is a village forest area of 8,245 hectares and has been recognized for its management rights by the government. During his journey as a Village Head in 2014 until now as the Secretary of the Village Forest, Merabu Village has developed into an integrated Village Forest with the Agrosilvopastoral program. The purpose of the Agrosilvopastoral program activity is to encourage community economic development efforts along with preserving the natural sustainability of the Village Forest.
This program is carried out through a Village-Owned Enterprise (BUMKAM) which began with revamping the Kerima Puri BUMKAM which consists of 5 business units, namely the Rima Wisata Puri Business Unit which manages the ecotourism area in the village, the Sinang Puri Business Unit which manages the PV (photovoltaic) mini-grid, Danum Puri (refill drinking water), Mini Puri (BBM) gas stations and Lemu Puri (cow farm). The various programs that have been developed are not only as trials but also as a vehicle to build a learning process for the people of Merabu, who mostly depend on forest products for their livelihood.