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ABS Capacity Development Initiative – Supporting the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)


ObjectiveObjective The project aims to support African countries and ACP member states in their efforts to operationalize the Nagoya Protocol at national level. Support of three core processes are: developing and revising ABS regulatory frameworks establishing fair and equitable ABS agreements ensure participation of IPLCs in both processes The ABS Initiative is ready to provide support to GIZ implemented projects also beyond its regional scope (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific). Project Description Access to genetic resources and the sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (ABS), including that of associated traditional knowledge, delivers economic and development opportunities, thereby contributing to biodiversity conservation. The ABS Capacity Development Initiative supports national processes to ensure that these resources are utilized in a sustainable way. The pivotal international instrument to achieve this goal is the Nagoya Protocol which entered into force in October 2014. It was (…) a great pleasure for me to take part in the side event on the outcomes of a dialogue recently organized by the Initiative, which provided an opportunity to exchange experiences and lessons learnt with respect to past ABS implementation in Brazil, India and South Africa. I hope that more follow up dialogues such as this will be organized by...

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15 March, 2016


ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS)


ObjectiveObjectiveThe project aims to: provide solutions for long-term food security in the region through development of regionally-coordinated policies and strategies for sustainable agriculture promote cross-border value chains in concert with public decision-makers, agricultural enterprises as well as farmers’ and private associations Project Description ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) project is one of the two modules under the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change: Agriculture, Forestry and Related Sectors focusing on the promotion of sustainable agricultural production. The project supports ASEAN Member States to improve the agrifood sector along entire value chains in the rice, vegetable, and fruit. This includes factors such as further processing and market linkages for small farming households. The project emphasises on biological control agents, soil and nutrient management, and farm economics.  ASEAN SAS provides technical supports in areas of: (1) Policy framework: Development of regionally-coordinated policies, strategies and dialogue concepts for a sustainable agrifood sector. (2) Implementation of production technologies: Promotion of the use of sustainable inputs and crop management practices through capacity development. (3) Market linkages: Promotion of sustainable cross-border value chains in collaboration with the private sector. its quality. In short, the food we produce must be safe to consume.” Mr. Ismail Iberahim, Principal Assistant Director...

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1 April, 2016


Biodiversity and Adaptation of Key Forest Ecosystems to Climate Change II Program


ObjectiveThe project aims to: support the stakeholders of the Mongolian forestry sector to adopt proven concepts for the conservation and sustainable use of forest ecosystems and its biodiversity while considering the impacts of climate change Project Description The globally significant biodiversity of Mongolia is under serious threat due to unsustainable and unregulated use. The negative impacts of climate change, which are nowadays already noticeable in Mongolia, furthermore, aggravate the situation. The reasons include: besides outdated management principles, various knowledge and capacity shortcomings, centralized management principles and last but not least, the rural poverty in combination with the common lack of knowledge about sustainable practices among the rural population of the forested regions (Provinces). As key ecosystems and as providers of goods and services of Mongolia, the forests that are concentrated in the northern parts of the country are very important. Since 2012, the Mongolian Government has been following the overarching principles of the Green Development Policy that prescribes a sustainable and climate sensitive development. In line with this shift in strategic focus, the framework to promote sustainable forest management as means to stabilize forest ecosystems and to use it especially for the benefit of the rural population has significantly improved....

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15 March, 2016


Biodiversity-Based Products as Economic Source for Nature Conservation and Livelihood Development (BBP)


ObjectiveObjective The project aims to: improve biodiversity conservation contribute to poverty reduction through economic valuation and commercialization of biodiversity-based products Project Description In order to realize the aforementioned objectives, the project will be carried out by increasing capacity and awareness for sustainable production, marketing and consumption of BBPs in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam. The dynamics of the Green Growth Concept shall be used to identify processes and synergies to strengthen the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity. Success Stories Participatory Planning: Way Forward to Achieving Sustainable Development The continuing degradation of the natural ecosystems in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam (CLV) is further complicated with the growing population in and around the buffer zones of protected areas. To bring sustainability in these areas, the biodiversity conservation need to be established as it addresses the economic demands for the goods and services derived from these areas. The Biodiversity Based Product (BBP) Project, being jointly implemented by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and GIZ aims to create an opportunity for conservation and livelihood schemes through value chain development for communities in these areas. The baseline studies including gap analyses in the target areas consisting of the Phnom Kulen National Park in...

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Climate Change Adaptation – North Eastern Region (CCA-NER)


ObjectiveObjectiveTo improve the access of rural households to food through resource-saving and climate resilient agricultural practices Project Description CCA-NER is a bilateral cooperation project between the Government of India and the federal Government of Germany. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH was mandated in 2012 by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to implement a technical cooperation Project in partnership with the Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (MoDONER) as the lead executing agency for the North Eastern Region at national level. “With the technical intervention in hydrogeological assessment, the overall cost for implementation of springshed development works in Tendong hill is reduced many folds”. Mr Pem Norbu Sherpa, Dhara Vikas Coordinator , RM&DD, Government of Sikkim “After Dhara Vikas works in the Tendong hill, discharge of “Gaddi Dhara” (Springs) has been increased comparing to last year discharge”. Local resident of Damthang, Jaubari, Sikkim The first phase of the project 2011-2015 was implemented in Sikkim, Meghalaya and Nagaland. In the current phase 2015 – 2017, the project is being implemented under the broader framework of the Indo-German Environment Programme – Rural Areas (IGEP-RA) in five states of the North Eastern Region of India viz., Meghalaya,...

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Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas-India (CCA-RAI)


ObjectiveObjectiveThe project aims to: improve livelihood and adaptive capacities of vulnerable rural communities in India through providing policy support to the Indian government on integrating adaptation to climate change in key sectoral policy decisions and rural development programmes Project Description CCA-RAI aims to contribute to improve livelihoods and adaptive capacities of vulnerable rural communities in India through providing policy-support to the Indian government on integrating adaptation to climate change in key sectoral policy decisions and rural development programmes. “Fishing was never easy for us. Very often we used to spend the whole day submerged in creeks or mangroves to handpick fish and crab. And very often this caused health problems like wounds in legs and hands, skin diseases, colds or fever. Plus, our fish catch decreased with time. With this project, things have become better. Together with other community members, I set up a nursery, raised mangroves and planted them along the bunds and mounds of the ponds. It is an overwhelming feeling and immense satisfaction to see the mangroves grow. This way, I could earn money. I can also earn money by selling fish which grows in our pond again since we use new fish varieties now.”- By Ms. Indrani...

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Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation (CliPAD)


ObjectiveThe project aims to: provide policy advice and capacity development supporting national and provincial REDD+ framework and REDD+ plan processes pilot mitigation activities develop pro-poor REDD+ mechanisms and sustainable financing models Project Description The Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation (CliPAD) Programme was initiated in 2009 to support the Lao Government in its REDD+ Readiness Process on national and sub-national level. The programme provides policy advice and capacity development supporting the establishment of the national and provincial REDD+ framework and REDD+ planning processes. At the local level, mitigation activities are piloted and pro-poor REDD+ mechanisms and sustainable financing models are developed. GIZ works in close cooperation with the financial component, financed by the federal Republic of Germany through KfW Development Bank. To learn more clipad-laos.org Dr. Jens Kallabinski Head of ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC) and Principal Advisor of Forestry and Climate Change Project (FOR-CC) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation Project (CliPAD)Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Department of Forestry (DoF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Chanthabury District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR, P.O Box 1295 Mobile: (+856) 20 55528625 Email

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Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management Programme (COSERAM) Technical Cooperation Module 2 Indigenous Practices for Biodiversity Conservation (IP4BioDiv)


ObjectiveObjectiveThe project aims to: harmonise different planning regims oriented towards a peaceful and sustainable governance of natural resources in line with COSERAMs Project Description Since 2011, the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Program supports an integrated approach of poverty reduction and peace building in the region of Caraga and other conflict-affected areas in the Philippines. The COSERAM Program is a joint undertaking of the Philippine and German Governments, implemented by GIZ and partner agencies. The IP4Biodiv-Module of the Program brings together conflict sensitive resource management and biodiversity conservation by strengthening indigenous rights and supporting the use of indigenous knowledge systems and practices. In line with COSERAMs overall objective, it focuses on harmonizing different planning regimes and is oriented towards a peaceful and sustainable governance of natural resources. Success Stories To learn more Mr. Peter Hauschnik Project Director Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit COSERAM Office Manila, 11F PDCP Bank Centre, Rufino corner Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, Tel: +63 998 966 8189 Email

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30 March, 2016


Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity – Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Partnership Project


ObjectiveObjective To strengthen capacities in effective implementation of ABS mechanisms Project Description India is one of the 17 mega-diverse countries in the world. With just 2.4% of the world’s land area, India’s biological richness is spread across a vast range of habitats and ecosystems supporting 7% of globally recorded species, including over 45,000 plants and 91,000 animal species. India’s rich biological heritage co-exists with over 1.2 billion people and about one sixth of the world’s livestock population. Protecting biodiversity is a national priority as it is linked to livelihoods of millions of people. Access to Genetic Resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources (ABS) is one of the three main objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Nagoya Protocol on ABS came into force on 12 October 2014, providing a transparent international legal framework for effective implementation of ABS. India has been a leading country in establishing national legislation on ABS through the Biological Diversity Act 2002; the Biological Diversity Rules 2004; enacted by the Indian parliament; and the Guidelines on Access to Biological Resources and Associated Knowledge and Benefits Sharing Regulations, 2014. The ABS Partnership Project...

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1 February, 2017


Conservation of Biodiversity in the Kailash-Region


ObjectiveObjective To improve livelihoods and ecosystem management at local, national and international levels Project Description Livelihoods and ecosystem management at local, national and international levels (in a sustainable manner) in selected areas of the Kailash region improved. Video var lsjQuery = jQuery; lsjQuery(document).ready(function() { if(typeof lsjQuery.fn.layerSlider == "undefined") { if( window._layerSlider && window._layerSlider.showNotice) { window._layerSlider.showNotice('layerslider_23','jquery'); } } else { lsjQuery("#layerslider_23").layerSlider({createdWith: '6.6.8', sliderVersion: '6.6.8', autoStart: false, skin: 'v6', hoverBottomNav: true, autoPlayVideos: false, skinsPath: 'https://snrd-asia.org/wp-content/plugins/LayerSlider/static/layerslider/skins/'}); } }); To learn more Mr.Kai Windhorst Project Director Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ, c/o ICIMOD, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Kathmandu/Nepal Tel: + 977 1 5003239/5003315 Ext. 226 Fax:+ 977 985 111 0535 Email

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15 March, 2016


Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR)


ObjectiveObjectiveThe programme aims to: assist on climate change adaptation to 15 Pacific ACP countries assist on REDD+ support to Fiji Programme Description The regional programme ‘Coping with climate change in the Pacific Island Region’ (CCCPIR) aims at strengthening the capacities of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and regional organisations to cope with the anticipated effects of climate change that will affect communities across the region. The CCCPIR is focusing on key economic sectors such as agriculture and livestock, forestry, fisheries, and tourism. Further focal areas are energy and education. Improving the sustainable supply of energy with a focus on enhancing renewable energy and energy efficiency is critical for Pacific Island countries to increase the resilience of their economies. Integrating climate change considerations into primary and secondary education and technical and vocational training (TVET) is also vital to equipping young Pacific Islanders with the knowledge and skills required to cope with the effects of climate change. At the regional level, CCCPIR aligns with the Pacific Island Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 (PIFACC). At the national levels it supports the implementation of relevant adaptation and mitigation policies and strategies, e.g. National Adaptation Programmes for Action, national sustainable development strategies, and National...

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Environmental Benefits of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA-EB)


ObjectiveObjective The program aims to: maximise the potential of MGNREGS works in positive environmental outcomes such as ground water recharge, soil protection, water and biodiversity conservation, sustainable food production, and mitigation of land degradation build local resilience to the effects of climate change such as moisture stress, delayed onset of rainfall, droughts, and floods Project Description The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural India by guaranteeing 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to a household whose adult members undertake unskilled manual work as per demand. This is the largest workfare programme in the world, with an annual outlay of INR 340 billion giving work to about 1.7 billion persons. To explore the intrinsic interlinkages between social protection schemes and natural resource management, the governments of Germany and India are jointly implementing a project. That focuses on maximising the environmental benefits of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).  The project aims to maximise the potential of MGNREGS works, resulting in positive environmental outcomes such as ground water recharge, soil protection, water and biodiversity conservation, sustainable food production, and mitigation of land degradation. It...

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Food and Nutrition Security in Eastern Shan State, Myanmar


Objective The project aims to: Improve the Food and Nutrition Security of vulnerable populations in selected areas in Eastern Shan State, especially women of reproductive age and infants PROJECT DESCRIPTION Food insecurity and malnutrition remain a challenge for the poorest and most vulnerable people in rural areas in Eastern Shan State. Among the most affected are women and children with a high malnutrition and child mortality rate. Causes of malnutrition are thus manifold, and in order to fight it, a multi-sectoral and multi-level approach is required. The project will therefore address three interlinked sectors: health, agriculture as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). As studies have pointed out, early childhood nutrition, especially during the first 1000 days (from conception until the age of two), has crucial long-term consequences on cognitive outcomes, educational attainment, adult earnings, chronic morbidity, and premature adult mortality. Hence, efforts to improve the nutritional status of adolescent girls, women and young children are vital to ensuring long-term national development. Better nutrition will result in improved intellectual capacity, greater economic productivity and lowered risk of non-communicable diseases of the target communities. The project will be aligned with the Myanmar National Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Security...

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4 April, 2016


Forestry and Climate Change (FOR-CC)


ObjectiveTo provide capacity building to improve the cooperation of ASEAN Member States on climate change-related key topics in agriculture and forestry Project Description FOR-CC provides capacity building to improve the cooperation of ASEAN Member States on climate change-related key topics in agriculture and forestry. On the regional level FOR-CC promotes dialogue, exchange of knowledge, and policy development through relevant ASEAN bodies and networks, based on the strong commitment and contributions of ASEAN Member States. On the national level or in local pilot activities FOR-CC supports ASEAN Member States in implementing regional agreements as well as guidelines and to create best practices that can be shared in ASEAN. “one step to move the meeting is by proposing FLEGT related discussions into the agenda of the 15th Meeting of PAN ASEAN Timber Certification Initiative in May 2016. One of the highlights is to discuss the status of the implementation of four ASEAN documents related to timber legality and sustainable forest management. That is the right place to present and discuss it,” told Bruno from FAO. Two project components address the interrelated issue of forestry and agriculture in the face of climate change. In the forestry component the project works with ASEAN specialised bodies in improving...

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19 April, 2016


Forests and Climate Change Programme (FORCLIME)


ObjectiveThe programme aims to: provide policy advice to gear forest sector strategies and medium term plans towards the requirements of GHG emission reduction support the establishment and development of Forest Management Unit Development in Indonesia analyse the effects of sustainable forest management on emission reductions compared to a Business As Usual (BAU) scenario mainstream Green Economy Principals in development planning and enhancing sustainable livelihoods of communities in and around forests assist in Human Capacity Development (HCD) among relevant forestry stakeholders assist on biodiversity and protected areas management at the national and sub-national levels in order to support sustainable forest management that contribute to the welfare of communities as well as GHG emissions Programme Description FORCLIME, the Forests and Climate Change Programme delivered by GIZ in Indonesia, comes face to face with the country’s political and institutional challenges. The overarching goal of FORCLIME is the development and refinement of government built institutional and governance frameworks to allow a reduction in GHG gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, biodiversity conservation, livelihood improvement of local communities and a facilitation of local communities towards Green Economy in Indonesia. The structure of the German forestry management and administration model is a good one. The German system...

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15 March, 2016


Global Climate Change Alliance in Timor Leste


ObjectiveObjectiveThe programme aims to: improve capacity of populations living in the selected postos administrativos vulnerable to climate change improve their livelihood options by using local development mechanisms, social inclusion and conflict management Success Stories The Global Climate Change Alliance Programme Timor-Leste (GCCA-TL) is financed by the European Union (EU) and co-implemented with technical assistance of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P. (Camões, I. P.) and in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Timor-Leste. The specific objective of GCCA-TL is to improve the capacity of populations living in the selected postos administrativos vulnerable to climate change risks to cope with climate change effects through the sustainable management of their natural resources and the improvement of their livelihood options, by using local development mechanisms and taking social inclusion and conflict management into account. Expected results are: 1) Weather monitoring is made reliable 2) Rural communities are able to identify adapted responses to climate challenges 3) The resilience of rural communities to climate change is enhanced To learn more www.gcca.eu/national-programmes/pacific/gcca-timor-leste Dr. Wulf Killmann GIZ Programme Director & Senior Advisor SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR) Module...

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Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector – India


Objective To boost incomes by 25% for 75,000 smallholders To increase annual turnover of up- and downstream businesses To create employment: 1,000 new jobs (35% women, 20% younger people) To provide training and education for 90,000 farmers PROJECT DESCRIPTION With its special initiative “One World No Hunger”, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aims at addressing poverty and hunger with the Green Innovation Centres focusing on food and agriculture in India as well as in 14 countries in Africa. Starting our work in India 2015, we support farming enterprises and businesses along potato and tomato value chains in five selected districts of the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. We advise on suitable innovations (e.g. improvement of seed quality, technologies and machinery, ICT), trainings in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and support the setting up of farmers organisations. In this regard, our project cooperates with the Indian Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare (MoAFW), the National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD), private companies, research centres and civil society. SUCCESS STORIES Good seedlings = a rich harvest Potato farmers learn how to maximise their incomes on the test field – and to think economically. Sanjay Chowdary...

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4 May, 2016


Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services (HP-FES) Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity


ObjectiveObjective The project aims to: integrate Forest Ecosystem Services approach into the Forest management of Himachal Pradesh Forest Department develop a Long-Term-Ecological-Monitoring disseminate the lessons learned during implementation in Himachal Pradesh to other Western Himalayan States Project Description Forests, lifeline of the mountains and plains Mountain forests are crucial not only for the people residing in the mountains, but also for the large population of the adjacent plains.They provide a number of ecosystem services like water and climate regulation, soil conservation, provision of resources critical for local livelihoods, and abundant recreational values. Himachal Pradesh (HP) is one of the mountain states of India. With around 3300 plant, species and more than 5700 animal species, the state is rich in biodiversity, which is key to the important services that the state’s forests provide. By understanding the significance of forest ecosystems, their values for humans, and the planet at large, communities have the potential to play a significant role in mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into developmental planning. The project aims to enable the Forest Department of Himachal Pradesh to introduce the FES approach in the state’s forest management. This will be done through the development of forest management systems focussing on the optimisation of FES,...

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1 February, 2017


Incentive for Sustainable Biodiversity Management (ISBM)


ObjectiveObjective The project aims to: improve awareness and appreciation of the values of biodiversity and ecosystem service support two major national initiatives: TII and IBBI Project Description With mere 2.4% of the world’s land area, India’s diverse habitats and ecosystems support 7% percent of all globally recorded species, along with second largest human population and the largest livestock population. Protecting biodiversity is a national priority since it is linked to the livelihoods of millions of people. Recognizing the relevance of biodiversity and its inter-linkages with livelihoods of people, the Indian Government has been working towards mainstreaming biodiversity into development. With the objective to improve awareness and appreciation of the values of biodiversity and ecosystems service, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India in partnership with the German Development Cooperation launched the ISBM project in 2012. ISBM supports two major national initiatives: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)– India Initiative (TII) India Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) TII: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity – India Initiative (TII) aims at making the values of biodiversity and linked ecosystem services explicit for consideration and mainstreaming into developmental planning. TII targets action at the policy making levels, the...

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15 March, 2016


Institutional Strengthening of the Biodiversity Sector in ASEAN (ISB)


ObjectiveObjectiveThe project aims to: support the ASEAN center for Biodiversity in fulfilling its mandate to facilitate cooperation and coordination among the AMS on conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and equitable use of natural treasures build on the predecessor project of ‘Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (BCCP) Project Description The project aims to support the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity in fulfilling its mandate to facilitate cooperation and coordination among the 10 AMS the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of such natural treasures. ISB will also build on the experiences of its predecessor project Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (BCCP). The ISB Project focuses on 6 areas of intervention: Organizational Development Coordination and strengthening of the ASEAN Heritage Parks Programme wherein ACB is the Secretariat Capacity development on the economic valuation of biodiversity and related ecosystem services Development of joint positions of the ASEAN member countries for the international negotiations of the CBD Development of a monitoring and evaluation system Establishment of a regional biodiversity information platform Success Stories Climate Change and Biodiversity Highlighted in ACB2016 The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in cooperation with the...

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5 April, 2016


Integrated Coastal Management Programme (ICMP)


ObjectiveObjective To support the Vietnamese authorities in preparing the coastal area of the Mekong Delta for a changing environment and to lay the foundation for sustainable growth Project Description The Integrated Coastal Management Programme (ICMP) is a development programme that is funded by the governments of Viet Nam, Germany and Australia. Its objective is to support the Vietnamese authorities in preparing the coastal area of the Mekong Delta for a changing environment and to lay the foundation for sustainable growth. The Mekong Delta is home to 17 million people and is Viet Nam’s most important agricultural region. Producing 52% of the country’s rice, the Mekong Delta feeds more than 145 million people in Asia, roughly the population of France and Germany combined. Thanks to this region, Viet Nam, a country which once suffered from shortages of rice, is now the world’s second largest exporter. The Delta is also the country’s third largest industrial region after the metropolitan areas of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. 1. But the Mekong Delta is facing existential threats. Climate change is leading to rising sea levels, and according to official studies, 38% of the Mekong Delta could be underwater by the year 2100. Some...

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15 March, 2016


Integrated Nature Conservation and Sustainable Resource Management in the Hin Nam No Region


ObjectiveObjectiveThe project aims to: support the conservation of the unique biodiversity of the Hin Nam No national protected area in Lao through a co-management involving local authorities and villagers promote food security and income alternatives by promoting the Hin Nam No national park as the world’s heritage and ASEAN heritage park Project Description The Project is supporting the conservation of the unique biodiversity and natural beauty of the Hin Nam No national protected area in Laos, through a co-management approach involving local authorities and villagers, and by promoting food security and income alternatives. The Lao Government is intending for Hin Nam No to be included in UNESCO’s natural World Heritage List and for Hin Nam No to become an ASEAN heritage park. This would attract greater international attention and further increase the income opportunities for the villagers. Relevant criteria to become a natural World Heritage site are identified and included in the approved Co-management Plan 2016 – 2020 for Hin Nam No National Protected Area. The project is based on the principles of collaborative management, bringing together the intermediaries (authorities) and the target group (local population) to deal with the protection and administrative tasks at hand. This co-management approach is...

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30 March, 2016


Land Management and Decentralised Planning (LMDP)


ObjectiveThe project aims to: strengthen systematic registration of individual and communal plots of land support improvements to quality investments in land resolve a conflict of interest on land planning and ownership between private investments and traditional ancestral land use Project Description The project provides policy advice on governance in the land sector. It seeks to strengthen the systematic registration of individual and communal plots of land, and encourage the allocation of land titles. While supporting improvements to the quality of investments in land and decentralising development planning, it also supports individual and institutional capacity developments for pro-poor development planning and management. Further to this, the programme project is assisting its partners in establishing a dialogue between donors, the government and non-governmental organisations, and on developing a land policy and land laws. By so doing, transparent and participatory development planning takes into account current ownership and usage rights of land through ensuring that local people have legal security and providing them with a more general level of political protection. By ensuring transparency in planning and ownership, it is possible to identify and resolve conflicts of interest between private investments (for example, in the form of land concessions) and traditional ancestral land...

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15 March, 2016


Land Use Planning and Management


ObjectiveThe project’s main topics include: Land Use Policies Spatial Planning Instruments Organizational Development / Cooperation Model Human Capacity Development PROJECT DESCRIPTION Within the Indo-German Partnership, the “Land Use Planning and Management Project” by GIZ, the Ministry of Rural Development and the two State Governments of Tamil Nadu and Odisha aims to improve the general culture of spatial planning in India. It wants to contribute to a better spatial governance that helps to avoid conflicts of land uses and spatial disorder. It aims to clarify the responsibilities for a spatial planning within the public administrations. One core aspect of the project is to revive the constitutional provision of a spatial District Planning. This scale offers a great chance to introduce a consistent, normative and systematic spatial planning that covers the full country with a unique toolkit of instruments and guidelines. District Planning furthermore can help to introduce spatial and land use planning to the rural areas. It can continuously describe the use of land for both, urban and rural areas, and thus can become a great tool for avoiding the urban sprawl with its negative side effects on climate and environment. The project is in line with the general idea to...

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1 February, 2017


Management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forests for Biodiversity Conservation and Increased Adaptation to Climate Change (SMP)


ObjectivesObjectivesGovernment agencies at the national and local level, that are responsible for the management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forests (SMF), as well as Co-Management structures, have implemented mechanisms that improve the management of the SMF. This is being achieved through the three components: The coordination by the local representation of the BFD in Khulna of the different measures that are being implemented in the SMF by government agencies, donors and NGOs is improved. The participation of SMF resource users (both women and men) in Village Conservation Fora (VCFs) in the pilot region Chandpai Range has been improved. The tools and capacities of the personnel of the local BFD for the management of the SMF have been improved. Project Description SMART monitoring in the Sundarbans empowers local administration contributing to a more effective management of natural resources Caption: Field staff is planning SMART patrolling Copyright: © GIZ BD/ Fahad Kaizer In order to tackle illegal activities such as poaching and fishing without a permit in the Sundarbans, close collaboration of all stakeholders and information exchange is crucial for ensuring its long-term protection. Central to this effort is the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) to help wildlife managers plan, evaluate and...

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16 March, 2016


Promotion of the Climate Change Unit in coordinating the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (Climate Finance Governance Project)


DurationObjectiveDurationJanuary 2013 to December 2018 ObjectiveTo improve Ministry of Environment and Forests and its line agencies’ results-based implementation of the National Climate Change Strategy according to fiduciary principles Project Description Together with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), the Climate Finance Governance (CFG) Project aims to build a climate resilient nation. It supports the government to implement the national climate change strategy and action plan with national and international climate funds, in a transparent manner. Highlight Activities The Ministry of Environment and Forests is responsible for the effective coordination of the implementation of the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) into its own processes and across government. Through a critical review of the current BCCSAP and its implementation, the MoEF and its line agencies will be able improve its capacity to coordinate climate change policy in the future. Lessons learnt will be applied to an updated version of the strategy. By strengthening the fiduciary management in at least one of the MoEF’s line agencies, the government will be better positioned to implement internally and externally funded climate change projects directly and improve the utilisation of climate change finance. The Department of Environment (DoE) is developing a Climate Change Vulnerability...

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15 March, 2016


Protection of Biological Diversity in the ASEAN Member States in Cooperation with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Program (CARE4BioDiv)


ObjectiveObjectiveThe program aims to: contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable management of natural resources in the ASEAN region, in harmony with the interest of the local population institutionally strengthen ACB and other relevant organizations and to contribute to the integration of the ASEAN Community Program Description The Program is being implemented through 2 technical cooperation modules funded by BMZ and 1 financial cooperation module funded by KfW: TC Module: Institutional Strengthening of the Biodiversity Sector in ASEAN (ISB) TC Module: Biodiversity-Based Products (BBP) as Economic Source for Nature Conservation and Livelihood Development FC Module: Small Grants Program (SGP) of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Success Story Support for biodiversity protection in the ASEAN region sustained The five-year Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (BCCP) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), and GIZ, concluded in September 2015, contributed to an ASEAN-wide biodiversity conservation strategy to mitigate climate change in the species-rich region, where biodiversity is threatened and the impacts of climate change are strong. BCCP and a new commission by KfW started in September 2014, the Small Grants Program (SGP) with the ACB, were launched in a Programme...

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Regional Economic Development III (RED III)


ObjectiveObjectiveThe project aims to: increase the income of rural households by applying market-oriented and private sector-based approach to unleash economic potentials ensure economic inclusion of the rural poor safeguard the environment and natural resources Project Description The Regional Economic Development Programme aims at increasing the income of rural households by applying a market-oriented and private sector-based approach to unleash economic potentials while ensuring economic inclusion of the rural poor and safeguarding the environment and natural resources. The project is implemented in three provinces: Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, and Siem Reap. The programme consists of three components: regional management understood as multi-stakeholder processes and initiatives for regional economic development development of selected value chains and business services local government initiatives towards poverty-reducing economic development The key component is a regional management approach in which a structured and sustained dialogue of all stakeholders – e.g. small and medium farmers, civil society, local government, the business community – is facilitated which helps identify local economic potential and leads to improved economic activities such as improved rice production, processing and marketing. Local government at province, district and commune levels is coached in taking on board the role of an enabler (instead of a “regulator”)...

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Sector Programme Implementing the Biodiversity Convention


ObjectiveObjective Providing advice to BMZ on CBD issues Providng advice to BMZ on biodiversity portfolio development Advancing selected CBD issues Mainstreaming biodiversity in other fields of development cooperation Expanding capacity development services Programme Description The purpose of the Sector Programme is to support the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan. To that end, it advises the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on how to advance the CBD and the German development cooperation’s biodiversity portfolio. The programme provides strategic and technical assistance to projects implemented in partner countries and supports human capacity building. Together with German and international specialist organisations, the programme develops and trials innovative methods and tools for improved implementation of the Strategic Plan of the CBD. It accompanies their application in partner countries, collates the lessons learned and provides input to international specialist networks. The programme has three thematic foci: protected area management and governance mainstreaming biodiversity marine conservation Highlight ActivitiesHighlight Activities Preparation of the biennial brochure “Committed to biodiversity” published by BMZ and BMUB on Germany´s international cooperation in support of the CBD and sustainable development Support for the BMZ Ten-point Plan of Action on Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Pilot testing of...

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18 April, 2017


Sector Programme Soil Policy and Land Management


ObjectiveThe project aims to: provide technical and conceptual advice on international (EU, FAO, World Bank, SDGs, etc.) and national processes and agendas together with partners from the academia, the civil society and the private sector (TU München, University of Marburg, various NGOs, consultants, etc.) interact within strong networks and supports initiatives on responsible land policy and land governance provide advice to the Government of Ethiopia with regard to the realization of responsible investment projects on agricultural land PROJECT DESCRIPTION The German Development Cooperation progressively integrates innovative, poverty oriented, and conflict as well as gender sensitive concepts and approaches for international and national land policy. The sector project provides BMZ with technical and conceptual advice on international (EU, FAO, World Bank, SDGs, etc.) and national processes and agendas together with partners from the academia, the civil society and  the private sector (TU München, University of Marburg, various NGOs, consultants, etc.). The project interacts within strong networks and supports initiatives on responsible land policy and land governance. It works on the elaboration of lessons learnt, knowledge management products and guiding manuals. Furthermore, the sector project plays a role in the development and conception of new land management projects and participates in the...

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20 May, 2016


Sector Programme Sustainability Governance in Global Value Chains


ObjectiveThe programme aims to: strive for more sustainable supply chains in selected sectors (palm oil, cocoa, sugar commodities, fishery) utilise ‘Sustainability standards Comparison Tool’ to assess and compare sustainability standards Programme Description The programme hosts several multi-stakeholder initiatives and activities. It strives for more sustainable supply chains in selected sectors (palm oil, cacao, agrar commodities, and fishery). Part of the programme is furthermore the “sustainability standards comparison tool”, an IT-based concept allowing the assessment and comparison of sustainability standards. Regarding field of intervention, leverage points for changes on the demand side of global supply chains are corporate buying practices, coordination of sustainability requirements and better-informed buying decisions in public and private procurement. Mr. Philipp Schukat Programme Director Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Tel: +49 6196 79-6120 Email Ananda Putri Permatasari Junior Advisor for Sustainable Palm Oil Tel: +62811-553-7792 Email

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15 March, 2016


Sector Project Agricultural Trade and Value Chains


ObjectiveObjective To contribute to agricultural and rural development in our partner countries through the promotion of competitive and sustainable agricultural and food value chains Project Description We analyze global agricultural trade policies and value chains from farm to fork. With our expertise we support the projects of the Federal Government from the design of the concept to its implementation in the following five areas: Agricultural Trade Policy Agricultural Financing and Risk Management Agri-food Value Chains and Business Models Cooperation with the Private Sector Farmer Organizations To learn more See the following links: BMZ Website: Food – International agricultural policy BMZ Website: Rural development – Economic promotion GIZ Website: Trade for development GIZ Website: Green Innovation centres for the agriculture and food sector Frank Bertelmann Project Director Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36, 53113 Bonn Germany Tel: +49 228 4460 3624 Email

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Sectoral Project Rural Development


ObjectiveObjectiveThe project aims to: support BMZ Special Unit ‘One World No Hunger’ as well as selected GIZ projects worldwide on the development of strategies and concepts for rural development cooperate relevant units and projects abroad as well as with international organizations and institutions to meet the above aim Project Description The Sectoral Project Rural Development is part of GIZ’s Rural Development and Agribusiness division. The project supports the Special Unit “One World, No Hunger” (SEWOH) of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on the development of strategies and concepts for rural development. Firstly, the project aims for a sustainable support of rural transformation in our partner countries. Secondly, it works on establishing alternative development approaches in areas of drug cultivation. In the field of communication the project contributes to an improved visibility of topics and projects linked to the SEWOH. Sectoral Project Rural Development G520 Agricultural Policy, Food Security, Sustainable Use of Resources Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Friedrich Ebert Allee 36 53113 Bonn Ms. Petra Jacobi Program Manager, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Tel: +49 228 4460-3782 Email Mr. Boris Büchler Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Tel: +49 228 4460-3432 Email

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30 March, 2016


Standards in the Southeast Asian Food Trade (SAFT)


ObjectiveObjective To verifiably apply both standards in the ASEAN region, particularly in the production of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables Project Description SAFT is a GIZ-supported project that advises the ASEAN Secretariat on the development and implementation of regional food standards for good agricultural practices (ASEAN GAP) and organic agriculture (ASOA). There are 4 key areas of intervention that SAFT provides support on: Market Linkages: matching suppliers with traders and retailers Implementation and Controlling Structure: training inspectors, auditors and state supervisory bodies Enabling Environment: encouraging suitable incentives, policy and legal environments (by public sector) for successful implementation (by companies) Monitoring and Learning Platform: enhancing peer to peer learning between each of the ASEAN Member States Project Activities As regional objectives require national actions, SAFT is involved in the implementation of ASEAN GAP and ASOA on both levels. At the regional level, SAFT supports the ASEAN Secretariat and its 10 Member States on strengthening regional cooperation mechanisms, and on the creation of an enabling environment for the implementation of the regional standards. At the national level, SAFT assists Ministries of five ASEAN countries (namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines) in the process of preparing their national GAP and organic programs to conform to...

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4 April, 2016


Sustainable Agriculture (NAREN)


ObjectObjectThe project aims to: increase agricultural productivity by contributing technical expertise and concepts to improve sustainability in agriculture incorporate these technical expertise and concepts into national and international strategies Project Description The sector project Sustainable Agriculture (NAREN) ad­dresses sustainable production systems, genetic resources, renewable primary products, soil and water management, climate change, post-harvest protection, animal husbandry, agricultural extension, and women in agriculture. Operat­ing transregionally on behalf of the German Federal Minis­try for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the sector project provides services in all parts of the world. Attempts to increase agricultural productivity often in­volve short-term, non-sustainable measures. Our objective is therefore to contribute technical expertise and concepts to improve sustainability in agriculture with a focus on increased productivity, and to incorporate them into na­tional and international strategies. To learn more http://agriwaterpedia.info/wiki/Main_Page Dr. Dieter Nill Project Director Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ Germany, Eschborn Tel: +49 6169 79 1473 Email

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15 March, 2016


Sustainable Certified Coconut Oil (SCNO)


ObjectivePublicationObjectiveThe project aims to: increase the quantity of sustainably produced and certified coconut oil and at increasing smallholder coconut farmers’ incomes in the Philippines and in Indonesia establish a certified chain of custody for sustainable certified coconut oil Publication Project Description The Sustainable Certified Coconut Oil project (SCNO) is a public-private-partnership initiative which aims at increasing the quantity of sustainably produced and certified coconut oil and at increasing smallholder coconut farmers’ incomes in the Philippines and in Indonesia. At the same time SCNO is focusing on establishing a certified chain of custody for sustainable certified coconut oil. In the Philippines about 3.4 million farmers and their families depend directly on coconut production. They are mostly smallholders or tenants, working on a weak resource base with limited access to know-how and means of financing. With typically less than 4 hectares of land, these farmers are on the margin of the Philippine society. The coconut growing regions belong to the least developed areas and host the largest number of rural poor. Some of the reasons for this socio-economic situation are: Low yields due to poor agricultural practices (limited fertilization and replanting of tree stocks, etc.) Unorganized farms and prevalence of a smallholder...

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4 April, 2016


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