Confirmation of Candidature: Biophysical and Socioeconomic Factors Affecting Catchment Processes in the Benanain Catchment West Timor NTT Province Indonesia

Confirmation of Candidature: Biophysical and Socioeconomic Factors Affecting Catchment Processes in the Benanain Catchment West Timor NTT Province Indonesia

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 10:00 to 11:00

About the Presenter

Kristianus Hale Berek completed his Undergraduate in Forestry Science in Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta Indonesia (1997) and Postgraduate in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) specialization in Forestry for Sustainable Development in 2008 in the Netherlands. His work experience includes:

  • Public services at Plantation and Forestry Office of Kupang District Indonesian Government 1997 - 2014.
  • Counterpart of the Strengthening Community Based Forest and Watershed Management (SCBFWM) Project funded by UDP-GEF and Ministry of Forestry Indonesia, 2010-2013.
  • Spatial Planning of Kupang District 2012-2014.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Kupang District including Manganese Mining Activity, 2010-2013.


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The Benanain catchment is located in Indonesian West Timor in NTT province, near the border with Timor Leste.  The Benanain is the largest catchment in NTT and supports approximately 258,000 poor subsistence farmers as well as extensive lowland irrigation. However it is characterized by infertile, erodible soils, flood and drought prone, rugged terrain and is thus easily degraded by poor land management practices. The catchment has come under increasing development pressure over the last 20 years with the massive influx of 98,800 East Timorese refugees settling, clearing and farming. In addition there has been a proliferation of small scale manganese mining activity.
Due to the catchment’s vulnerability and its role in supporting a large number of livelihoods in West Timor it has been classified by the central government as a ‘critical’ catchment requiring extensive rehabilitation works. Despite the ‘critical’ nature of this catchment it is also the focus of new large scale infrastructure development plans including a new district capital city and irrigation extension. There is clearly a need for whole catchment management strategies that will support the intensification of lowland development plans. However currently there is no good evidence based planning tools to support catchment management planning.
This research proposes to support evidence based catchment management planning through investigating some of the biophysical and socio-economic variables affecting catchment processes. Spatial and social analyse methods will be used in order to investigate: (1) some biophysical and socioeconomic variables affecting catchment processes; (2) the major sources of erosion in this catchment; and (3) based on first two questions, the management options available to improve the Benanain Catchment management.
​The expected outputs of the research are (1) to improve integrated catchment management planning in NTT Province; and (2) to employ simple mixed methods by combining social and spatial science in investigating catchment processes.

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