If the world is to confront the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change while meeting the demands of a rapidly-growing global population, it is vital that we find the balance between conserving and regenerating forest areas with economic growth for poverty reduction. This is what the World Bank’s work on forests aims to achieve.
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WASHINGTON, August 27 , 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a total of US$9.3 million in trust fund grants for the Government of Rwanda to help boost land management of... Show More + the Gishwati and Mukura forests and improve the environment, local livelihoods, and climate resilience.This area has lost most of its natural forest in recent decades, and has suffered from severe soil erosion, landslides and floods. But some patches of native forest remain, alongside important biodiversity, including a small population of chimpanzees.The financing in the form of grants from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) will support the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation Project. It will increase the number and diversity of trees to help improve soil fertility, stabilize slopes, regulate stream flow and expand the resource base for local livelihoods.The project will also focus on rehabilitating the forests and its biodiversity, improving sustainable land management and agroforestry, and introducing silvo-pastoral approaches. This will be complemented by direct support to community livelihoods, improved flood forecasting and preparedness, and investments in terracing to prevent land erosion. “The long-term vision is that protecting the Gishwati-Mukura area’s soil, water, forest and scenic riches will support a diverse and profitable economy, and ultimately boost tourism along the Lake Kivu shore. Project activities and coordinated planning across government agencies will play a major role in meeting this goal” said Stephen Ling, World Bank team leader for the project.The rural residents living in the Gishwati-Mukura area, a quarter of whom make up the poorest people as well as those who farm on land highly vulnerable to natural disasters, will benefit directly from increased agricultural production through improved land management, livelihoods diversification and improved flood warning and response systems. Show Less -
GEF Grant: US $5.487 million equivalentLeast Developed Countries' Fund (LDCF) grant: US $4.045 million equivalentProject ID: P131464Project Description: The objective of the project is to boost land m... Show More +anagement of the Gishwati and Mukura forests and improve the environment, local livelihoods, and climate resilience. Show Less -
Vientiane, August 25, 2014 – The Government of Lao PDR and the World Bank signed a grant agreement for US$ 3.6 million provided by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The grant aims to supp... Show More +ort the Government to develop a national strategy for the reduction of deforestation and forest degradation.As approximately 12% of global greenhouse gases emissions come from deforestation and degradation, developing the means and strategic approach to save forests is critical for mitigating climate change, and Lao PDR is already experiencing the negative impacts of climate changes and loss of forests. This is especially important for Asia and the Pacific, where over 780 million hectares of forests are found, and approximately 9.5 million hectares of forests are in Lao PDR. The grant will support the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Department of Forestry, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and other stakeholders to improve sustainable forest management.Since the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Participants’ Committee approved Lao PDR’s Readiness Preparation Proposal in November 2010, the Government has been working on the institutional framework for implementing and piloting the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) activities. The grant will further encourage this work, so that Lao PDR will eventually be eligible to participate in and benefit from future incentive payment programs that would reduce greenhouse gases emissions in the forest sector.The grant is part of the World Bank’s ongoing support to strengthening natural resource management through the Scaling-Up Participatory Sustainable Forest Management (SUPSFM) Project. Show Less -