Forestry Finance

Forestry Finance

IORA specializes in supporting forest managers and owners access new and emerging sources of finance for conservation and sustainable management.

Our Forestry Finance services include:
  • Valuation of forest stock including timber assessment,
  • Develop sustainable harvesting plans for timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs)
  • Develop REDD+ and other Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) based financing plans
  • Develop Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for accessing Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other environmental funds
  • Develop sustainable value chains for forest produce.

PROJECTS

High Conservation Value Forests: An Instrument for Effective Forest Fiscal Federalism in India: Fourteenth Finance Commission

The study titled “High Conservation Value Forests: An Instrument for Effective” was undertaken in partnership with the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) to promote the case of conservation finance for India’s forests.

IORA developed a new set of criteria for the 14th Finance Commission of India to identify High Conservation Value Forests. The Finance Commission is using these criteria to allocate central funds focused on incentivizing states to preserve their forests.

Location Multiple States in India
Duration 2013 – 2014
Client Name Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) and the Fourteenth Finance Commission, GOI
Innovations in Ecosystem Management & Conservation (IEMaC)

IEMaC is a USAID supported program that aims to develop innovative models and solutions for gender-sensitive sustainable harvesting and efficient market channelling of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and    affordable, gender-sensitive and user-friendly fuel wood management technologies. The program aims to develop, pilot test and deploy its innovations in sites in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. IORA is implementing the IEMaC project in partnership with MART and Bioversity International.

IEMaC’s mission under the InFoRM program is the development of practical planning toolkits and models focused on:

  1. Solutions for gender-sensitive sustainable harvesting and efficient market channelling of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs)
  2. Affordable, gender-sensitive and user-friendly fuel wood management technologies o Forest monitoring tools and indicators for Joint Forest Management Committees
  3. The IEMaC will contribute to the sustainable landscapes pillar of the US Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI) and also to the GIM and NAPCC.
Location Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh
Duration 2014 – 2017
Client Name USAID
Integrated Participation of Institutional Stakeholders for Upliftment of Rural Livelihood through Sustainable Harvesting and Market Linkages of NTFPs and Agri Products

IORA has been awarded the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) 2015 grant for the project titled “Integrated Participation of Institutional Stakeholders for Upliftment of Rural Livelihood through Sustainable Harvesting and Market Linkages of NTFPs and Agri Products”. The project aims to implement integrated approaches for sustainable development and improvement of livelihood of forest-dependent communities. These objectives will be achieved through sustainable harvesting of commercially important NTFP species, development of market linkages, promotion of community fodder banks, rotational grazing, etc. by developing Community Interest Groups (CIG) of the local communities in the selected landscape. The project will help to better understand the socio-ecological production landscape, address the direct and underlying causes of decline or loss of biological diversity, enhance the benefits for local communities by creating market linkages and strengthen human, institutional and financial capacities.

Location Madhya Pradesh
Duration 2015 – 2017
Client Name The International Partnership for Satoyama Initiative (IPSI)