During May 2020 to March 2021, the Pelalawan District Government has successfully finalized the formulation process of Peatland Ecosystem Protection and Management Plan/Rencana Perlindungan dan Pengelolaan Ekosistem Gambut (RPPEG) document.
RPPEG is mandated by Government Regulation No 71/2014 and as amended by Government Regulation No 57/2016 about Protection and Management of Peatland Ecosystems.
The formulation of RPPEG document is important since it contains a long-term plan for the management and protection of peatlands for the next 30 years, from 2020 to 2050. Therefore, the preparation process must be thorough and involve multi stakeholders from district, provincial to national levels.
This is in line with Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) guideline which states that formulation of RPPEGs must be in accordance to the level of authority such as the national RPPEG by the Minister, the provincial RPPEG by the Governor, and the district/city RPPEG by the Regent/Mayor.
The RPPEG formulation process is hierarchical so that the process at the lower level refers to the higher planning documents.
So far, Pelalawan District is the first District in Riau that has successfully finalized the draft.
The RPPEG document is a living document that contains potential, problems of the peat ecosystem, also efforts to protect and manage it within a certain period of time.
In a public consultation held in early March, the Head of Pelalawan District Environment Office, Eko Novitra, explained the formulation stages.
"Currently we are waiting for instructions from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry on the issuance of a Decree that contains the final product on the implementation of Pelalawan RPPEG," said Eko.
The RPPEG is planned to be a reference for the Pelalawan District Government in protecting the peat area as stipulated in the Regional Medium-Term Development Plan (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Daerah/RPJMD) and in the Pelalawan District Strategic Plan (Rencana Strategis/Renstra) for 2021-2025.
In the recommendations of RPJMD and Renstra, the Head of the Environment Office coordinates the work areas within Pelalawan District. He also collaborates with other district offices in the distribution of programs and activities.
Not only that, the Head of Environment Office also supervises the distribution of programs and activities in concession and non-concession licensing business units. However, in practice he does not work alone and can collaborate with other line ministries at the national level and other key stakeholder.
In the future, this RPPEG document is expected to preserve of the current and future peat ecosystem in Pelalawan District.