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Support to Develop Business Plan on Eco-Tourism

The mission is to assist LPSDA and BIOMA in developing business plans in the field of eco-tourism. Eco tourism is a very prospective business for Muara Siran village, because this village has a unique environment. Places of interest offered includes peat land ecosystem, tidal lake, river ecosystems, wildlife, stilt houses over the river, daily life of the people, living as the local people, etc. In order to make the eco-tourism activities not to be catastrophic for the ecosystem and the community, it needs to be planned properly and wisely. The community organization (LPSDA) does not yet have a detailed plan on how to manage ecotourism. This organization lacks sufficient knowledge about how to plan economic or business activities. Meanwhile, BIOMA as the assisting NGO also does not have the resources to do the capacity building. BIOMA believes if ecotourism is developed wisely in this village, it could be a source of income for the people and on the other hand the environment will be better preserved. Support from various parties such as government, NGOs, volunteers to develop the concept and business of ecotourism is highly appreciated. Volunteer from Planète Urgence with the background on how to develop business plan with simple methods will greatly help LPSDA to run the organization in the future. With a good business plan, LPSDA will become easier in establishing cooperation with other parties.
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The mission will be conducted in Muara Siran Village, and BIOMA in general will organize the mission. ? The training will be conducted in the Village Office where the participants sitting on the chairs. Whiteboard and markers, flipchart are available. ? Before training in the village there will be general briefing from Planète Urgence Indonesia and BIOMA in the first day the volunteer arrives in Samarinda City. Likewise, the day before leaving Samarinda, there will be debriefing session held in Samarinda. ? The training in the village will be 4 days in week 1 and another 4 days in the week 2. In general the schedule of the training is from 9 am to 3 pm. In the first day the volunteer will make agreement with the participants on the training schedule. ? There will be site visit session as part of the activity of participatory mapping on the ecotourism development. ? Sunday is free day, and the volunteer could explore the village environment (river, lake, peat land, forest) accompanied by BIOMA Staff. ? The volunteer will stay near the training venue (5 minutes walking distance), ? Due to the participants don’t speak English; a translator will be assigned to translate the session of the training.
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Congé solidaire
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12
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12 persons (10 from the Management of LPSDA and 2 BIOMA Staffs) Participants from the LPSDA are villagers, mostly farmers with low educational background, with the age between 20 - 40 years old. Due to this background, the material of the training should be simple. Two staffs of BIOMA will be assigned to join the training as well as to help the volunteer in organizing the training.The training will be addressed to the Board Members of LPSDA. In general their level of knowledge on the topic of “developing business plan” is very low. Most of them have never attended training on that topic, even for the other topic. They also have lack of experience in managing business. The training should be delivered in a simple way. Therefore, there will be 2 staffs of BIOMA will join the training. BIOMA staffs are graduated from university, and their role during the training is as the participants as well as helping the participants of LPSDA in the process of learning. By the end of the training BIOM Staffs will help LPSDA to follow up to detail the business plan.BIOMA as the assisting NGO to LPSDA (and Muara Siran Village) wants to develop Muara Siran village as a model of community based eco-tourism, especially for the peat land ecosystem. Considering the local people are simple people with low background in formal education, the plan should be done wisely in order to minimize the negative impact to the environment.
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BIOMA Foundation is a non-governmental organization based in Samarinda, East Kalimantan (Borneo Island) established in 1998 (bioma.or.id). BIOMA has a vision of "Sustainability of the functions and benefits of natural resources and environment for the sustainability of all creatures including human well being, especially local communities". To achieve this vision, BIOMA has a mission of "to promote the community’s awareness and participation and to support policies and efforts in the protection and sustainable use of natural resources and the environment as a gift of God Almighty". BIOMA founded by a group of young environmental activists in Samarinda (mostly graduated from the Faculty of Forestry, Mulawarman University) who concerned about the damages of the environment, especially forest resources in Kalimantan Island. Institutionally and personally, BIOMA has had adequate relevant experiences in the project implementation, community facilitation and assistance. In the beginning of its establishment, BIOMA worked more on research in field of natural resources, but later they work with community in managing natural resources sustainably. Today BIOMA works with community in several villages in Kutai Kartanegara District and Malinau District, East Kalimantan Province.
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When the volunteer arrive in Balikpapan in the morning, he/she can proceed to Samarinda City by shuttle bus (3 hours). If the volunteer arrives in the afternoon, he/she should stay overnight in Balikpapan. We will book a room in Hakaya hotel (located near the Airport). PU Indonesia will arrange the hotel and the airport transfer. The next day, the volunteer will proceed to Samarinda, 3 hours by shuttle bus. We will send information clearly how to go to Samarinda by shuttle bus. After arriving in Samarinda, the volunteer will meet Planète Urgence Indonesia and BIOMA for briefing session. Then BIOMA will host and organize the volunteer mission, including how to go to and where to stay in the village. The volunteer will stay one night in Samarinda before going to the village. The next day, the volunteer leave Samarinda to go to Muara Siran Village with BIOMA staffs. This travel time will be around 4 hours by car (including take a rest). The road mostly is good, but there are some sections with dirty road. After travelling by car, the travel will be continued by a motor boat for about 20 minutes through river way. Life vest will be provided for this travel.
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Balikpapan [Sepinggan]
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Transit in Balikpapan City will be in Hakaya Plaza Hotel (www.hakayaplazahotel.com) Transit in Samarinda, place to stay: a budget hotel, a clean standard hotel. In Muara Siran Village, the volunteer will stay in a family house (the house of the Village’s head). The condition of place of stay: ? private room with electric fan (during night time) ? Mosquito net is provided ? Shared bath room (no shower, but taking bath style [mandi]), water closed. Meal during the mission will be organized by BIOMA. The staple food is rice with the dishes of chicken, fish, and sometimes beef. Indonesian used a lot spices for cooking. For the volunteer, the host will provide less spicy food.
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The equipment and material available: whiteboard and board marker, electricity during night time (from 6pm to 6am), telephone and SMS but internet connection is poor, LCD projector (if needed).
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