Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arboricultural Association.

Share this story

Topics

#ARBatwork #ArbMatters #PledgeLessPlastic & 12 Faces of Arb 1987 storm 2 Rope 2018 30 Under 30 3ATC 3ATC UK Open 50th annual AA AA award AA Awards Aboricultural Association Accident accreditation advice AFL aftercare AGM Agrilus Biguttatus aid air quality Alert Alex Kirkley All Party Parliamentary Group on Horticulture amenity Amenity Conference Anatomy Ancient Tree Forum Annual Awards APF APF 2020 app APPGHG application Appointment apprentice apprenticeship Apprenticeships Approved Approved Contractor Approved Contractors ARB ARB Approved Contractor ARB Approved Contractors ARB at work ARB Magazine ARB Show arb training ArbAC ARBatwork ArbCamp Arbor Day Arboricultural Association Arboricultural Student Arboriculture arborists Arbsafe Ash Ash Archive ash dieback Asian Hornet Assessments atf ATO Australia Autumn Review award Awards Barcham Trees Bark Beetle Bartlett Bartlett Tree Experts bats beetle beyond ism Bill Matthews biochar biodiversity biomechanical biosecurity Book Prize Book Shop Books Bookshop boundaries branch Branches brand Brexit bs5837 Budgeting Tool bursary business Call for Abrstacts Call for papers Campout Canker stain of plane carbon career careers Cavanagh CCS Cellular Confinement Cellular Confinement Systems CEnv CEO Ceratocystis Ceratocystis platani chainsaw chalara charity Charles charter Charter for Trees Chartered Environmentalist chelsea Chelsea Flower Show Claus Mattheck climate climate change climber climbing Cofor Colleges committees competition competiton conference Confor conifers conservation Consultant consultation Continuous Professional Development Contractor Contractors Cornwall Cornwall Branch Coronavirus Coroner Council Countryside Countryside Code Countryside Stewardship Course for beginners COVID-19 CPD cross industry news Crown & Canopy Cryphonectria parasitica Cumbria DART Date for your diary deadwood death debate Debt defra Design Devon Director disease diversity document donate dothistroma downloads draft Dutch elm EAC East Anglia ecology Economic Report economy Ecotricity education EFUF Election elections Electricity Elm yellows Emerald Ash Borer England England Tree Action Plan England Tree Strategy English Elm environment environmental EPF equipment Europe European Arboricultural Council European Forum on Urban Forestry European Wood Pastures Event exeter Exhibitors Fall from Height Fatal Fatality felling Fellow Fellow Members Fera Field Trip Finance Fine firewood First Aid FISA flood flooding for Forest Research forestry Forestry Commission forests freelancers FSC Fund4Trees funding fundraiser fungal fungi Future Flora Futurebuild gardening GDPR Geocells Gold Medal Gov.uk government grant grants Grapple Saws Green Brexit Green Infrastructure Green Infratructure Green Recovery Guarantee guidance Guidance Note Guidance Note 2 guide guides Hazard Tree Health heart-rot Hedgerow hedges Helliwell Help Henry Girling Henry Kuppen History HMRC HOMED Homeworking Honey Brothers honours Horse Chestnut HortAid horticulture horticulturists HortWeek housing HRH HRH Prince Charles HS2 HSE HTA ICF ICoP identification Immigration import industry Industry Code of Practice industry skills Infographic InfraGreen Initiatives Inspiration Insurance Intermediate Tree Inspection International Urban Forestry Congress International Women’s Day International Year of Plant Health invertebrates Investigating Tree Archaeology Conference Ips typographus Irma irrigation ISA iso i-Tree IUFC IWD21 Job job opportunity jobs judgement JustGiving Karabiner Kew Kit land-based Landsaping Landscape Institute Landscape Show landscaping Lantra law Leaf Minor Lectures legal legislation Letters Liability licence London longevity LTOA Lynne Boddy Magazine Managegement Plan manifesto maple Mayor of London MBE Melbourne Member Benefit Member Survey Membership mentor Midlands moth' motion Myerscough NASA National Geographic National Hedgerow Week National Tree Safety Group National Tree Week NATO Natural England NatureScot Netherlands New Year’s Honours News NHS nominations Northern Northumberland Notice notification NTIS NTOA NTOC NTSG Nurseries oak 'oak Oak Processionary Moth Oak-boring Beetle obituary Observatree occupation online opm Padua Papua parks parliament Perennial Pests & Diseases Pests and Diseases petition Petzl photo Phytophthora plan planning Planning Law Plant Health planting Plantsman Pledge Plumpton College policy poll Poster Power PPE Preston Twins Prince Charles Prince of Wales processionary Product Recall Professional Members prosecution Protect and Survive protected tree protection Qualifications Queen’s 70th Jubilee Questionnaire Quotatis ramorum RC Recruitment reference Reg Harris Registered Registered Consultant Registered Consultants Rememberance Day renewal REnvP Report Rescue research Research grant Resilience response results Retirement retrenchment review RFS rhs RHS Chelsea Flower Show Ride for Research Ride4Research rigging Rodney Helliwell rogue tree surgeons Royal Forestry Society RSFS Safe Working Practice Safety Safety Bulletin Safety Guides Safety Notice Saftey Sale school Scotland Scotland Branch Scottish Branch SDG Accord security Seed Gathering Season Seminar seminars Share Sheffield Show Sierra Leone Site Guidance skills skills survey SocEnv Social Benefits of Trees soil soils South East South East Branch South West Speaker spotlight SRT SRWP staff Standards statement Stationary Rope Stationary Rope Technique statutory STIHL Stonehouse strategy student Student Book Prize Student Conference Study Trip Sub-contractors Supporter survey Sustainable Soils Alliance Sweet Chestnut sweet chestnut blight symposium T Level T Levels Tatarian maple TDAG technical guide Technical Guides Technical Officers Technical Team Technician Members Technology Ted Green tender TG3 Thames & Chiltern The Arboricultural Association The Plantsman’s Choice The Queen’s Green Canopy The Woodland Trust Thinking Arbs Thinking Arbs Day Timbersports Tony Kirkham Tools top-handled chainsaws,Elcoat, TPBE4 TPO Trading Standards trailblazer training transport Tree Tree Care Tree Champion Tree Council Tree Fayre Tree Health Tree Health Week Tree Inspection tree loss tree management Tree of the year Tree Officer Tree officers tree planning Tree Planting Tree Production Innovation Fund Tree Protection tree register Tree Risk Tree Shears tree species Tree Supply Tree Surgeon Tree Surgeons Tree Week Tree Work at Height Tree Workers Zone TreeAlert Treeconomics tree-felling TreeRadar trees trees' Trees & Society Trees & Sociey Trees and Society Trees for Cities Trees, People and the Built Environment trust' trustee Trustees TrustMark Two Rope two-rope UAG Uitlity UK favourite ukas UKWAS urban urban forest Urban Forestry Urban Tree Challenge Urban Tree Challenge Fund Urban Tree Cover Urban Tree World Cup urban trees Utility Arboriculture Group UTWC vacancy VETcert veteran trees video Videos Virtual ARB Show volunteer voting VTA WAC Wales Warning Watering watering solutions Webinar webinars website Western Westonbirt Wharton White Paper WIA Witley Women Women in Arb women in arboriculture woodland Woodland Carbon Code Woodland Carbon Guarantee woodland trust woods Work at Height Workshops World Environment Day World Fungi Day Xylella young Young Arboricultural Professional young arborists Young People’s Breakfast Event Young Tree Aftercare zoo

Planting trees to save a city

Author:  AA and Paulus Mandibondibo
  04/12/2019
Last Updated:  04/12/2019

Project to protect Jayapura, Papua, from flooding and landslides

The Green Cities for Papua project was established in 2018 by Paulus Mandibondibo from Ottow Geissler University and John Parker of the Arboricultural Association. The purpose of the project is to use urban forestry solutions to deliver social, environmental and economic benefits to the people of Jayapura, the capital city of Papua, working with a wide range of stakeholders.

Papua occupies the western half of the island of New Guinea, sharing a border with Papua New Guinea. It is the easternmost province of Indonesia.

One of the activities oragnised by Green Cities for Papua (GCFP) is involvement with tree planting in Organda, which is located in the Abepura District of Jayapura. With the population of Jayapura ever increasing, more people are seeking to build houses on agricultural land or in water catchment areas. As a result of this changing land use, local people are experiencing the effects of increased flooding and landslides. In August 2019 GCFP worked with students from Gadjah Mada University, Ottow Geisler University and the Community Church of Organda to plant trees, with the intention of mitigating some of the problems.

In total more than 1,000 new trees were planted by the participating organisations, including native species such as Gnetum gnemon (genemo), Pometia pinnata (matoa), Alstonia scholaris (kayu susu) and Melaleuca leucadendra (kayu putih). The trees will now be monitored to make sure they establish successfully; this work will be done by the local community with support from GCFP. Similar planting projects are now being proposed for other parts of Jayapura in order to combat the problems of flooding and landslides.

Political support for this tree planting initiative, and for the GCFP project overall, was obtained in 2018 through meetings between the GCFP team and the government of Jayapura city. Paulus and John were offered the opportunity to present the project to the Mayor of Jayapura, Dr Benhur Tomi Mano, who agreed with the importance of increasing the quality and quantity of green space. Enthusiastic support for GCFP was also offered by the local government of Biak (a small island to the north of New Guinea), where improved urban forestry management is seen as one way to develop Biak as a destination for ecotourism.

Local and regional community involvement is very important to this project. In Biak there is still a strong connection between people and nature, and GCFP hopes to combine this traditional knowledge with modern research to deliver a range of benefits to the community. There is also a lot to learn from other cities in Indonesia. In Makassar (South Sulawesi) and Jakarta (Java) trees in cities are seen as essential priorities in the urban environment. In Bandung (West Java) tree planting around shopping centres and public buildings is considered to be a good way of improving the look and feel of the city in order to attract tourists from other parts of Indonesia and the rest of the world.

Despite these positive examples, the Papuan and Indonesian governments are largely prioritising built infrastructure over environmental issues, with urban forestry and green space coming some way down the list of considerations when designing expanding cities or public places. It is hoped that by working with local stakeholders and continuing to promote the importance and value of urban trees, GCFP will be able to change this situation and make a real difference to the lives of Papuan people.

An important milestone for the project was the World Forum on Urban Forestry in Mantova, Italy, in December 2018. Paulus and John delivered a joint presentation about the project to a theatre packed with international delegates and were able to share ideas with experts in arboriculture and urban forestry from around the world. From Italy, Paulus travelled to London where he was invited to speak about GCFP at a London Tree Officers Association quarterly seminar and received considerable interest and support. By attending these international events, we have been able to spread the word that Papua is a beautiful country with some big ideas for improving the way in which green spaces and the urban forest are managed.

Paulus Mandibondibo

Paulus Mandibondibo from the Green Cities for Papua project and Ottow Geissler University, Jayapura, Papua.


This article was taken form Issue 187 Winter 2019 of the ARB Magazine, which is available to view free to members by simply logging in to the website and viewing your profile area.