ASEAN Green Initiative (AGI)

The ASEAN region is rich in both biological and cultural diversity. While it occupies only 3 per cent of the Earth’s surface, it is home to 18 per cent of the world’s known plants and animals. The forests of ASEAN are considered one of the most biologically rich and...

ASEAN calls to place biodiversity at the centre of decision-making processes

The ASEAN Member States took part in the sessions of the first part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), joining the global call to scale up efforts in mainstreaming biodiversity in the decision-making processes across sectors. “The ASEAN...

Environment department, Government of Uttar Pradesh partners with GIZ India for first ever state conclave on Climate Change

Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, the Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (DoEFCC), Government of Uttar Pradesh organised a two-day ‘Uttar Pradesh Climate Change Conclave 2021 (UPCCC 2021)’ in collaboration with GIZ India (Technical Partner) at the Indira Gandhi Pratisthan, Lucknow on October 28-29, 2021. The conclave was supported by...

Workshop Series on Nature-based Solutions (NbS)

Online workshops series on NbS Building on existing capacity development on NbS (such as the training on “NbS for global challenges” in February 2021, and the annual “Vilm seminar” in June 2021), a series of online workshops will be organized. The workshops will support participants to design, implement and...

Due Diligence: A Solution for Viet Nam’s Timber Legality Assurance System

Vietnam ranks second in Asia and fifth in the world for the value of its timber product exports, which the Vietnamese Government aims to increase to 20 USD billion by 2025 Although Vietnam's timber industry has grown rapidly, it faces supply challenges. Viet Nam imports around 2.5 million cubic...

Transitioning towards Green Recovery

By: Dr Geetha Nayak, Senior Advisor, GIZ Stories from Bhitarkanika, Odisha In 2020, the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic brought Devjani’s life to a standstill. Resident of Kendrapara district, Odisha, she and her husband, a daily wage labourer, began looking for alternate means of income to support their family of...

Towards engaging communities to manage Forest Ecosystem Services sustainably

By: Dr. Sanjay Tomar, Senior Advisor, GIZ | Aashima Negi, Junior Communication Expert, GIZ Forests play a crucial role in the livelihoods of people, especially in the Himalayas. They provide numerous benefits; such as fuelwood, timber, fodder, Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), regulating water availability, air purity and local climate. These...

Incentives for a Sustained Flow of Forest Ecosystem Services

By: Satyan Chauhan, Technical Expert, GIZ | Aashima Negi, Junior Communication Expert, GIZ ‘Strengthening alternative tools for managing Forest Ecosystem Services’ Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) is  applied as an  incentive-based mechanism  (IBM) to translate values of ecosystems into incentives for local actors for aiding in its improved flow and management....

Green recovery measures as COVID response in Bhitarkanika, Odisha

India has been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis which led to the imposition of strict economic and social lockdown. India’s unemployment rate surged to over 27% during the lockdown months and the worst affected population is the over 40 million migrant workers from rural areas. Having lost their...

Online training on ‘nature-based solutions for global challenges’ in Asia and Pacific

©Thora Amend In recent years Nature-based Solutions (NbS) have received considerable attention both at international level as well as in development cooperation. Increasingly politicians, sector planners and infrastructure builders are aware of the value of intact ecosystems and the services they maintain for human wellbeing. Authorities have the challenging task...