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 program in Sulawesi, Lombok, and Sumba. The program will focus on local non-government organizations, community groups, and other community-based organizations so they can benefit from investments.
Euroconsult Mott MacDonald will be responsible for project proposals, socialization initiatives, and raising awareness of the CBNRM program. 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 program will help to establish green growth projects at a local level that will advance livelihoods and enhance the sustainability of landscapes.”