East Kalimantan Indonesia
Awang Faroek Ishak

East Kalimantan Province has jurisdiction over a land area of 200 000 km2 and a marine environment of 10 000 km2. It is second largest province in Indonesia but like Papua, it is sparsely populated with 3.5 million people of whom about half live in rural villages. It is rich in natural resources with oil and natural gas, coal and gold which linked to its forest resources, estate crops and fishing give it the second highest GDP behind Jakarta DKI. The capital of East Kalimantan is Samarinda on the Mahakam River, while Balikpapan to the south and Tarakan in the far north are also large cities. With greater infrastructure and communication and transport corridors along the main rivers, service delivery has been much easier than in many other part of the country and literacy and levels of poverty are much more in line with a province which has benefited from the exploitation of its natural resources.

Nevertheless, the province has many challenges with issues in energy generation and the supply of water to its urban centers. One consequence of this has been a significant focus on alternative sources of sustainable resource use. East Kalimantan has been one of the target provinces to benefit from the President’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and as a result has developed its own low carbon use economic strategy. Reduction in carbon emissions through forest land conversion has figured prominently and is the reason for the Province to be a leading member of the Indonesian GCF program.

Forests continue to cover about 14.6 million ha out of an estimated original forest cover of 17.1 million ha. Of that remaining 5 million ha are under conservation or protected status, including large and important national parks such as Kutai. While it appears that most converted forests within the national estate has already been incorporated in non- forest uses, the largest challenge facing the province is to contain forest degradation driven by encroachment and illegal logging and conflict over other resources such as illegal gold mining. The forests are essentially closed tropical humid forest with elevation, soils and rainfall, significant factors in determining variation in forest structure and species composition. East Kalimantan has extensive areas of delta (Mahakam River) with mangrove, Nipa and pandanus forests. Lateritic mid slope forests offer the highest proliferation of high value dipterocarp forest with some 267 species recognised. Limestone ridges and high mountains offer a range of forest communities of lower structure and high endemic diversity.

East Kalimantan has been selected as the focal province for Indonesia's efforts to reduce deforestation through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility's Carbon Fund.  The province is working through close support from civil society and the private sector, which have joined with the government to launch a Green Growth Compact in 2017.

Additional information can found on the GCF Impact Platform.


2014 - 2015


3.58 M


IDR390.64 T
IDR41.33 M
Mining & Quarrying65.60
Trade, Hotel & Restaurant10.20
Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry & Fisheries7.50
Transport & Communication4.70
Processing Industry0.00
Fossil fuels, chemicals, oils and fats, timber and timber products.

Forest Status

Upland Dense Humid Forest0
Floodplain Forest0
Upland/Transition Dry Forest0
Peat Forest0
934M MtC
Conserved Forest Area4,461
Unprotected Forest Area--
Fully Protected Forest Area--
Sustainably Managed Forest Area--

1. Overharvesting and illegal logging
2. Forest encroachment for slash-and-burn agriculture and other forms of agriculture
3. Land clearing for coal mining
4. Forest fires


1. BPS - Statistics Indonesia, 2010
2. BPS,Kaltim dalam angka 2012
3. Kaltim dalam angka, BPS
4. Kaltim dalam angka, BPS 2012
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6. Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia
7. Strategi dan Rencana Aksi (SRAP) implementasi REDD+ Kaltim hal 57-72