Euroconsult Mott MacDonald has been appointed to manage a US$25 million community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) grant programme to help enhance sustainable economic growth in eastern Indonesia. The programme is part of Millennium Challenge Account – Indonesia’s Green Prosperity Project, which aims to address critical constraints to economic growth while supporting the Government of Indonesia’s commitment to a more sustainable, less carbon-intensive future.
CBNRM grants are intended to fund small-scale projects that promote community-based initiatives in forestry, agriculture and renewable energy. They will help improve the management of watersheds and forests to improve the sustainability of renewable energy and agricultural investments, while also supporting rural livelihoods and economic development.
Up to 55 projects are expected to be implemented as part of a targeted programme in Sulawesi, Lombok and Sumba. The programme will focus on local non-government organisations, community groups and other community-based organisations so they can benefit from investments.
Euroconsult Mott MacDonald will be responsible for project proposals, socialisation initiatives and raising awareness of the CBNRM programme. The consultancy will also manage the provision of training and financial administration, as well as the oversight, monitoring and evaluation of individual projects.
Hero Heering, Euroconsult Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “Indonesia is one of the world’s top emitters of greenhouse gases as a result of land use changes, including deforestation and industrial growth. This programme will help to establish green growth projects at a local level that will advance livelihoods and enhance the sustainability of landscapes.”
The project is due for completion in spring 2018.