Ensuring financial sustainability is always key challenge for any long term initiative. Indonesia’s National Climate Change Learning Strategy has recently secured funding to expand its support for REDD+ with a further training event for local decision makers funded by the German Development Corporation (GIZ). The event, which took place in Putussibau on 21-22 October 2014, is a great example of the way in which UN CC:Learn can leverage further activity by attracting co-financing.
In 2013, Indonesia’s National Climate Council (DNPI) and the Forestry Education and Training Center of the Ministry of Forestry, with the assistance of Natural Resources Development Center (NRDC), through the Indonesia UN CC:Learn project, published a module titled “Training Modules: REDD + for policy makers at National and Sub-National“. This module has been used for a training at the West Kalimantan Province in early 2014. It has then been adopted and used as a training module for REDD + by Center for Forestry Education and Training, Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia.
The training material, produced as part of the early implementation phase of Indonesia’s National Climate Change Learning Strategy, has since been taken up by a project led by the German Development Corporation (GIZ), to provide the first of a series of workshops to extend training to district level decision-makers. The October event brought together 30 government officials from national, province and district levels, district parliament member (DPRD), non-government organizations (NGO), and journalists. It consisted in formal training sessions, working groups as well as a field visit to Betung Karihun National Park.