Success Stories

Country success stories


Adoption of LUWES at the National Level Peru: Full story The Ministry of Environment (MINAM) invited members of the SECURED landscape team from ICRAF and CIAT to provide training on the Land-Use Planning for Low Emission Development Strategies (LUWES) methodology at a workshop. Based up this training MINAM is considering using this methodology in land-use planning processes across the country. Given that every region of the country has a mandate to create land-use plans, this process could be a vehicle for including considerations on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the conservation of other ecosystem services in development plans. This directly links to Outcomes 1 and 3: 1) Supportive and enabling policy environment landscape approaches, 3) Functional public-private co-investment infrastructures at landscape and national levels. If successful, national-scale uptake of the LUWES tool will impact the entire country of Peru extending much farther beyond the SECURED landscape.


LUWES Training: The Cameroon ICRAF team organized a capacity building workshop on opportunity cost assessments and applicability of the LUWES tool. A large range of REDD+ actors active in Cameroon attended including the Ministry of Forestry, NGOs, research organizations and civil society organizations. Dissemination of these methods and tools promotes low-emission land use planning in activities within Cameroon beyond the SECURED landscape site.


Community PES scheme: In the Bac Kan landscape a payment for environmental services (PES) scheme was established with the technical support and capacity training provided by ICRAF. This PES scheme is completely community based. Lowland villagers with tourist businesses based on the Ba Ba lake area pay 1% of their revenues to upland villages for the forest environmental services provided to reduce the rate of sedimentation in the lake. The success of establishing this community-based PES scheme is a result of a partnership between the Pro-poor Partnerships for Agroforestry Development (3PAD) project funding by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and ICRAF since 2009. This would not have been possible without the community participation and capacity building processes in part facilitated by the ICRAF team.


Forestry approach to incentives: The Indonesia ICRAF team has been working with communities to promote and further establish community forestry approaches as an incentive to promote sustainable forest management and protection of peatland areas. As part of this process the ICRAF team in collaboration with the District Forestry Office has held a number of participatory meeting and discussions with local communities to increase awareness on the importance of peatswamp forest protection and established governance systems. These processes were positively received by the farmers, who enthusiastically participated and left with a better understanding of the importance of not occupying state forestland. As a result they demonstrated willingness to collaborate with the community forest program being developed. This process also helped to positively strengthen the relationship with the farmers and the district forestry office. These processes have built the foundation to further develop the project incentives with on-going negotiations to secure community forestry licenses as rewards for participating farmers.