The Heart of Borneo region (HOB) covering about primary 22 million hectares comprises one-third of the island of Borneo, has been identified as the focus of an international conservation agreement with the Governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. The HOB region holds an estimated 6 percent of global biodiversity, primarily in its tropical rainforests, and provides ecosystem services for 12 million local and indigenous people. Despite its importance, current deforestation rates average 3.2 percent per annum and one third of the islands forest have been lost in the last few decades. The effectiveness and long-term conservation of HOB region requires the full support of communities and local authorities, as well as self-financing resources. The Government of Indonesia wishes to pilot an incentive based payment for ecosystem services (PES) financing scheme for forestry and biodiversity management. Other incentives include the integration, sequestration and financing by Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), renewable energy from micro hydro power plant, local water supply and ecotourism development. LTS’ role as the Project Management Consultant (PMC) is designed to assist the GoI deliver the HOB initiative through three inter-related outputs:
LTS works closely with the GoI Project National Coordinator and Project Field Coordinator to deliver, commission and supervise: (i) capacity building related to sustainable forest and biodiversity management in Nunukan, Malinau, Kapuas Hulu and Melawi districts; and (ii) development of one or more pilot model(s) for REDD+ and PES within the community forest in the Forest Management Unit (FMU) of the District of Kapuas Hulu and District of Malinau.