Optimising land use in Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia: modelling ecosystem benefits and land use dynamics

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


The rising global population has increased the demand for food, renewable energy and other materials. Yet at the same time to meet this demand requires land and the amount of available land is finite. Considering the importance of land and ecosystems in providing benefits for human, I conducted four independent research on the socio-economic and biophysical aspects of ecosystem service, in Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. The first three independent studies were used to understand ecosystem management under decentralised forest governance in Indonesia and its influence on ecosystems, ESs and the benefits that different beneficiaries receive. The fourth study combines the outcomes from the previous three studies to assess and select the most appropriate areas for conservation and community development. As the results, I show the applicability of the ecosystem services concept and land-use modelling in optimising land-use under certain decentralised forest governance systems. My thesis’ results were obtained through the application of methods and steps that integrated a comprehensive set of qualitative and quantitative analyses to support land-use optimisation in the Kapuas Protected Forest Management Unit. My results can inform decision makers on the options of land-use optimisation and the consequences of their management decisions regarding land-use intensification, nature conservation and local economic conditions. I show how land-use optimisation provides an important step in preventing further land degradation and ecosystem loss.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Leemans, Rik, Promotor
  • Hein, Lars, Promotor
  • Weikard, Hans-Peter, Co-promotor
Award date2 Sep 2016
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789462578739
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • land use
  • deforestation
  • decentralization
  • ecosystem services
  • ecosystems
  • forest policy
  • forests
  • modeling
  • kalimantan
  • indonesia

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