The Jakarta Post
The US$17 million Forest Investment Program ( FIP ) funded by the Asian Development Bank ( ADB ) to help tackle deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia is set to start in July, an official has said.
'The FIP is funded by a $17 million grant from the Climate Investment Fund channeled through the ADB to support the Indonesian government to implement the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ( REDD+ ) targets in West Kalimantan,' said ADB principal climate change specialist Ancha Srinivasan, who is also the FIP's focal point.
'The program is particularly aimed at reducing obstacles in the implementation of REDD+ at subnational levels and increasing institutional capacities at the provincial and local levels,' he went on.
It is hoped that the project can promote inclusive economic growth, maintain environmental sustainability and contribute to achieving the Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of the Indonesian Economy ( MP3EI ) 2011-2025, the National Action Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and the Regional Action Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction.
The project also aims to help the government achieve targets set out in the REDD+ National Strategy ( STRANAS ) and the Provincial Action Plan and Strategy ( SRAP ) specifically designed to tackle REDD+ issues at the provincial level.
The proposed investment will be implemented in various ways to achieve behavioral and policy changes and improve institutional performance and technology. The interventions include land and forest tenure reforms, illegal logging and timber trade prevention, forest fire prevention and support for the operational activities of the Integrated Forest Management ( KPH ) unit through the development of community-based forest management.
'Ten villages in three KPH areas in Kapuas Hulu and Sintang, West Kalimantan, have been selected as the locations for the implementation of FIP activities,' said Haryanto Putro, the project's technical support team deputy head.
Indonesia is among a number of countries selected to receive FIP support.
'The investment activities will be focused on efforts to improve the livelihoods of local communities through sustainable economic activities, in the form of both land-base and non-land base activities,' stated the ministry's environment and standardization center head, Agus Sarsito.
'The activities also aim to reduce pressure on forests and increase public awareness of the need to maintain forest sustainability for all,' he added. ( ebf )( +++ )