Resilient forests and financing options for sustainable water supplies in the tropics
As of: March 2021
Robust forests help to preserve natural water stocks in the tropics. Together with local partner organisations, the project is developing EbA measures and innovative governance mechanisms in water catchment areas. A participative approach is being taken to the creation of ecosystem-based, sustainable land use plans. The project is conducting economic assessments of the ecosystem services of the four water catchment areas and developing governance instruments aimed at integrating private-sector actors. Steps are being taken to establish nature conservation measures for the reconstruction of forests, and to strengthen monitoring and local capacities in the water catchment areas. The project is supporting national policies and regulations for ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation. Findings are being collated and shared with both project countries and the international community. The project is part of the IKI Corona Response Package./
Development of business models for cooperation with the private sector as a instrument for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests
State of implementation/results
- The focus of the project from 2021 onwards will be on multiplying EbA measures and on improving their integration in regional structures and economic sectors with the involvement of private-sector players. This will ultimately ensure sustainable financing of these measures.
- In the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Cuba, measures have been started to implement developed EbA plans (plantings, reforestation, support to communal “fire brigades”).
- Through a crowdfunding campaign, approximately EUR 8000 was raised to equip fire brigades with tools and protective clothing in three areas.
- In Guatemala, the partner organization is an active member of the new National Technical Group for EbA, which is composed of government institutions and NGOs and, among other things, part of a national-level working group on indicator development for tracking nationwide EbA measures.
- In the Dominican Republic, various digital and non-digital informational materials on the project were produced.
- In Cuba, the project was presented with a press conference and a workshop on watersheds. Policy makers from different ministries, civil society representatives and scientific institutions participated in this workshop.