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International Forest Carbon Initiative Concept Development Grants

Grant funding was made available in two phases. A summary of the activities selected for support is provided below.

Successful applicants–Phase one

Organisation: The Nature Conservancy

Project title: 'Development of a Pilot REDD concept for Berau District, Kalimantan, to assist the development and implementation of a National REDD Framework and site–based REDD pilot projects in Indonesia'

Location: Berau District, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Amount: $150,000

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (external website) will help inform the further development of national REDD frameworks in Indonesia through synthesizing knowledge about emerging best practice and experience in fields related to REDD, and through helping design a REDD pilot program in Berau District. This work will identify key expertise, interests and potential partners and convene diagnostic reviews and workshops in these areas to distill existing lessons and success stories in the development of REDD–related concepts and approaches covering issues such as (1) identifying the opportunity costs associated with the major drivers of forest loss and degradation in different areas of Indonesia; (2) identifying the key stakeholders involved in the major deforestation focal areas; (3) identifying the nature of incentives and equitable delivery mechanisms needed secure effective forest conservation and management; and (4) developing cost–effective monitoring systems linking project level and sub–national performance to national and potentially multinational baselines and frameworks.

TNC will help develop a pilot integrated land evaluation and data management system to support district, provincial and national government land use planning and allocation in a REDD context; and develop a pilot decision support system that will assist governments at these levels to better assess the economic, social and environmental trade offs of alternative land allocation and management scenarios, based on emerging lessons from Berau District. Through the project, TNC will share progress and lessons with key stakeholders at the district, provincial and national levels.

TNC is leading this activity in collaboration with, amongst others, The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), World Education, Winrock International, the University of Queensland, the Natural Resources Law Institute of Indonesia (IHSA), and the Indonesian consultancy firm Sekala to develop the land use evaluation and data management systems and decision support tools.

Organisation: The Nature Conservancy

Project title: 'Developing a concept for a reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation activity in the Adelbert Mountains'

Location: Adelbert Mountains, Papua New Guinea

Amount: $100,000

The Nature Conservancy (external website) proposes to synthesize knowledge about emerging best practice and experience in community–based conservation agreements. This will help inform the development of a national REDD framework in Papua New Guinea. This will include: (1) collaboratively analysing the strengths and weaknesses of existing landholder conservation agreements in Papua New Guinea; and (2) working with partners and local stakeholders to identify the nature of incentives and equitable delivery mechanisms needed to secure benefits linked to effective forest conservation and management agreements with landholders and the different levels of government. As an illustrative case study of action on the ground, TNC will demonstrate lessons learned from the experience of over a decade working with partners on community–based conservation agreements in the Adelbert Mountains, Madang Province. TNC will lead this activity in collaboration with national stakeholders who have experience working with landholder-based conservation systems.

Successful applicants–Phase two

Organisation: Fauna and Flora International

Project title:  'Reducing Emission from Deforestation caused by the Oil Palm Sector in West Kalimantan'

Location: Ketapang and Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Amount: $200,000

Fauna and Flora International (external website) (FFI) aims to develop a REDD demonstration activity concept to reduce emissions from forest conversion caused by the oil palm sector in the districts of Ketapang and Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan. The objectives of the REDD concept would be: (1) to identify REDD financing mechanisms that provide incentives to not convert forested lands and peat lands to oil palm and also to maintain identified areas of high conservation value forests within the oil palm concession; and (2) to identify alternative degraded lands for the development of oil palm plantations in Kapuas Hulu and Ketapang districts. A series of district and national workshops is planned to ensure the final REDD demonstration activity concept aligns with the Government of Indonesia national policy framework. In developing this concept, FFI will collaborate closely with current partners: the Department of Nature Conservation (PHKA), provincial and district departments, local civil society organisations (Yayasan Riak Bumi in Kapuas Hulu and Yayasan Dian Tama in Ketapang) and private sector partners (PT Smart/ Sinar Mas Group and Cargill Asia–Pacific Holdings). FFI also commits to engaging with a wide range of key government stakeholders during the concept development process.

Organisation: KYEEMA Foundation

Project title: 'Towards Enabling Mitigation of Climate Change Through Promotion of Community Based Economic Growth'

Location: West Timor, Indonesia

Amount: $127,000

The KYEEMA Foundation will work closely with two local NGOs, Yayasan SANLIMA and YTM, in developing a REDD demonstration activity concept to enable poor and marginalised communities in relatively population dense areas to benefit from REDD.  The concept aims to focus on improved management of forests surrounding the Mutis Mountain in West Timor. The key activities proposed include: (1) facilitating through the Provincial Forest Department the preparation of an inventory to assess the reference emissions level (baseline emissions) for the three main islands; and (2) outlining a potential REDD demonstration activity around the Mutis–Timau protected forest area, including a feasibility study on REDD for the Mutis–Timau areas.  Concept development will be managed by a steering committee consisting of the Provincial Forestry Department, three local government representatives and three elected community representatives.

Organisation: Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program

Project title: 'Developing Model Institutional Arrangements for Local Government Proponents of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Projects in Indonesia: A Case Study from Southern Sumatra'

Location: Bengkulu and South Sumatra, Indonesia

Amount: $145,000

The Wildlife Conservation Society (external website) aims to develop a concept for a REDD demonstration activity in the state–owned, local government–managed forests within the 3,500 km2 forested region of 'Bukit Balai Rejang' in the provinces of Bengkulu and South Sumatra. The concept will include an institutional model for local government, within the context of emerging national level frameworks, centered around the creation of a 100 per cent local government owned company or 'Badan Usaha Milik Daerah' (BUMD) at the district (Kabupaten) level. This model will be based in Indonesian law and integrated with national policies and processes. The concept note will outline a management plan, supported by local people, with the potential to avoid the emission of 50 million tonnes of CO2 over the next 30 years. Local partners include a local NGO, Ulayat, specialising in advocacy of community rights and the development of community–led regulation of natural resource management and the district and provincial governments of Bengkulu and South Sumatra.

Organisation: Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea Program

Project title: 'Village Based Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Projects in Papua New Guinea'

Location: New Ireland and Manus Provinces, Papua New Guinea

Amount: $199,000

The Wildlife Conservation Society (external website) aims to develop a REDD demonstration activity concept based in New Ireland and Manus Provinces. This concept will assess the feasibility of replicating small, village–based activities and bundling the resultant emission reductions into economically and administratively viable REDD units. This approach would enable community participation and ensure the potential benefits of REDD are shared widely among forest–dependent communities. The funds sought in this proposal will be used for collation and analysis of data to inform discussions among stakeholders and to engage both local partners and international experts in developing the concept. In developing this concept, the Wildlife Conservation Society would collaborate with the Office of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, the National Forest Authority, Forest Research Institute, provincial governments and national and international NGOs.

Organisation: Conservation International

Project title: 'Activities Preparatory to a Yus Area Project to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation'

Location: YUS Area, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea

Amount: $185,000

Conservation International proposes to develop, in consultation with local community and government, a concept for a potential REDD demonstration activity in the YUS area, Morobe Province. The key activities in the development of the concept include (1) estimating carbon stocks in the relevant area; (2) drafting local management plan for the proposed REDD forest area, developed with community and government participation, including the design of activities to reduce deforestation; (3) fostering local community development of a structure for a proposed YUS community–based organization to liaise with appropriate government bodies. Conservation International would also collaborate with the Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute, the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Project in the region, James Cook Universityand Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in these activities to develop the concept.

Organisation: Conservation International

Project title: 'The Mamberamo Basin Carbon and Community Conservation Project'

Location: Mamberamo Basin, Papua, Indonesia

Amount: Yet to commence

Conservation International (external website) proposes to develop a concept for a REDD demonstration activity in Mamberamo Basin, Papua, Indonesia.  Conservation International aims to estimate potential reductions in carbon emissions and conservation benefits from the improved management of Indonesia's largest logging concession (677,300 hectares).  Anticipated outputs include (1) an estimate of forest carbon stocks in the logging concession; (2) an estimate of potential carbon emissions reductions through improved management of the concession; and (3) delineation of high conservation value forests and areas of cultural significance that could potentially be excluded from logging plans. In developing this concept Conservation International will work with the Government of Indonesia, Papua Provincial Government, local communities, Australian Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation, Centre for International Forestry Research and PT Mamberamo Alasmandiri, who are the concession holder to the area proposed under this REDD project.

Organisation: Conservation International

Project title: 'Lakekamu Basin Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Carbon and Community Conservation Demonstration Project'

Location: Lakekamu Basin, Gulf, Morobe and Central provinces, Papua New Guinea

Amount: Yet to commence

Conservation International (external website) will develop a concept for a REDD demonstration activity in the Lakekamu Basin, involving the three provinces—Gulf, Morobe and Central provinces. The key outputs to be detailed in the concept document include (1) an estimate of carbon stocks in the area by combining ground–based biomass inventories with mapping; (2) an estimate of probable future carbon emissions based on available development plans; (3) an estimate of emission reductions possible through a proposed REDD activity; (4) a draft Lakekamu management plan for the proposed REDD forest area designed by appropriate local stakeholders; (5) the management plan to include a transparent, equitable benefit–sharing structure, to fit within the national REDD framework; and (6) identified options for carbon financing to link with a proposed incentive–based community trust fund. In developing this concept, Conservation International commits to working with the local communities and local, provincial, and national governments, including the Department of Environment and Conservation and Forest Research Institute.


Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013