This study aims to gain an understanding on a process by which a group can survive. This research applies qualitative and ethnographic methods in the form of case study of one community group in Central Kalimantan that was formed to abtain social forestry permit with Hutan Kemasyarakatan scheme. This study traces internal and external dynamics that contribute significantly to the group’s ability to survive, despite the challenge of this group to gain support from local government. The results show that a number of factors play an important role in maintaining the existence of groups such as the role of the group leader, the motivation and meaning of the group for the members, and how the actors outside the group such as non-governmental organizations and related government agencies concerned with the existence of the group. Authors hope that the results of this study can improve the understanding of interested parties to support community institutions in forest management.
- Hutan Kemasyarakatan, Central Kalimantan, Social Forestry.