MoEF and UNDP held Inception Workshop to launch E-PASS project

MoEF and UNDP held Inception Workshop to launch E-PASS project

by November 19, 2015

On 19-20 November 2015, the Enhancing the Protected Area System in Sulawesi for Biodiversty Conservation (E-PASS) project, implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry with grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and support by UNDP, held its Inception Workshop in Novotel Bogor. The Secretary of Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ir. Novianto Bambang W., M.Si. opened the Inception Workshop on behalf of the Director General. The workshop was attended by over 70 participants consisted of Project Board members (National Project Director, BAPPENAS, Ministry of Finance, UNDP), Project Management Unit and Field Coordination Unit staff, implementing partner from lines of Government of Indonesia, representatives from UNDP Country Office and Regional Office, relevant agencies and institutions in corresponding project demo sites, and various non-government partners.

The Inception Workshop among others was for stakeholders and partners to agree on project implementation mechanisms and arrangements, and to create a common understanding and support to the project, especially focusing on its goals, objectives and implementation plan as written in the E-PASS project document.

During the event, Deputy Country Director of UNDP Country Office Indonesia, Mr. Yuxue Xue, representative of UNDP Regional Asia Pacific Office, Ms. Midori Paxton, and the Secretary of Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ir. Novianto Bambang W,. M.Si, delivered speeches stressing the importance of the project in improving biodiversity conservation in Sulawesi through effectively managed Protected Area (PA) system.

In his speech, Mr. Novianto hoped that the workshop could develop activities which are inline with the Strategic Plan of the Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE), one of them being to increase species-based population. Meanwhile, Mr. Yuxue Xue highlighted the importance and uniqueness of Sulawesi’s mammals and various other flora and fauna, which is unfortunately under threat by various human-induced activities, such as poaching and forest degradation. This is where E-PASS project will come in and support the Indonesian government to improve biodiversity conservation in the island. Ms. Midori Paxton shared lesson learned from biodiversity conservation that improving PA alone is not enough. There is a need also to work on the regulatory, institutional and investment aspects.

Throughout the workshop, participants became familiar with the project and suggested methods and approaches used. Some of them are SMART RBM to enhance management of conservation unit, fund-channeling to support capacity development in conservation area, and community engagement to reduce threats and strengthen collaborative governance in PA and buffer zones. They also were given the opportunity to discuss and provide feedback for the project’s Annual Work Plan for 2016.

E-PASS is an international aid project designed to support the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, specifically in conservation management in Sulawesi. This project was initiated in 2011 and has acquired grant support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) of US$ 6,265,000.0 for a period of 5 years, from 2015 to 2020.

The objective of the project is to strengthen the effectiveness and financial sustainability of Sulawesi’s PA system to respond to threats to globally significant biodiversity. The objective will be achieved through three interconnected components as stated in the project document: (1) Enhanced systemic and institutional capacity for planning and management of Sulawesi PA system; (2) Financial sustainability of the Sulawesi PA system; and (3) Threat reduction and collaborative governance in the target PAs and buffer zones.

The first two components will be of general relevance to Sulawesi’s PA system as a whole. Component 3 will focus specifically on three demonstration sites where it will demonstrate and/or upscale approaches to threat removal and collaborative governance. The E-PASS project demonstration sites are: (1) Lore Lindu National Park, Central Sulawesi, (2) Greater Tangkoko Conservation Area, North Sulawesi, and (3) Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, North Sulawesi and Gorontalo.(elh)