US$9.0 million in GEF funds for Heart of Borneo forests



Posted on 29 November 2012  | 
In early November 2012, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved US$9.0 million towards the Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management in Borneo Program.

The program is designed to ensure the sustainable management of forest resources and biodiversity in the Indonesian Heart of Borneo (HOB) by strengthening Indonesian government capacity to develop sustainable local community livelihood opportunities and sustainable financing schemes.

WWF began supporting this programmatic approach in 2009 with the HoB governments, and since that time WWF has been working closely with the ADB, as the lead GEF implementing agency, to turn this idea into a reality.

This has been a big team effort with extraordinary levels of network support during the last 3 years and moving forth will be a significant program to transition the HoB region toward to a green economy.

Of the total, US$2.5 million will come from GEF and $4 million from the Asian Development Bank, $0.5 million from the Government of Indonesia and $2 million from WWF.

The project will aim at improving management of forest resources and biodiversity in four districts in the Indonesian HOB, and in particular will contribute to the: (i) decrease in forest loss; and (ii) reduction in the incidence of wildlife and biodiversity poaching, specifically for flagship species like the rhino, orangutan, and pygmy elephant. The project will be structured around the following components:

1. Strengthening Policies and Institutions for Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management.

2. Management of Land use, Land Use Change, and Forestry. This component will establish REDD+ demonstration sites to showcase REDD+ strategies. Special focus will be on tapping local communities, including indigenous peoples’ communities, enhancing their inputs and capacities in forest and biodiversity conservation activities

3. Implement Sustainable Financing Mechanisms.

4: Create Sustainable Livelihood Systems for Indigenous Peoples. Of the project’s targeted 1,898 beneficiary Dayak households, 538 households (or 28 percent) are located in four villages influencing the Kayan Mentarang National Park.  
Trees on the climb up Bukit Peninjau, West Kalimantan
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