Forestry Policy Advisory

Forestry Policy Advisory

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  • Development and implementation of jurisdictional and national REDD+ Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system
  • Development and implementation of jurisdictional and national REDD+ Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system
  • Development and implementation of jurisdictional and national REDD+ Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system


Analyzing Feasibility of REDD+ on HCV Forests in Indonesia and Malaysia

IORA provided consultancy services to Standard Bank, Singapore and Sime Darby Corporation, Malaysia to analyze the feasibility of developing REDD+ projects in High Conservation Value (HCV) lands adjoining Palm Oil plantations in various provinces.

Location Indonesia and Malaysia
Duration 2010
Client Name Standard Bank, Singapore and Sime Darby Corporation
Bamboo Resources in North Eastern States of India

IORA assessed the availability of bamboo resources in the North-eastern states of India. Bamboo is an important non-wood forest resource found in forest as well as non-forest areas in the country. It is a fast growing, wide spread, renewable, versatile, low cost natural resource. It also plays an important role in carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation.

A literature survey from various sources was conducted to assess the resource. The study portrayed a realistic picture of the sourcing potential of bamboo from these regions by assessing geographic and socio-economic factors that might impact the building of a credible supply chain. State-wise bamboo bearing areas, by density was studied. The final report of the study provides detailed information on bamboo resources in the six North-eastern States (Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura), the quantity obtained from different sources, regeneration status and artificial bamboo plantations in these areas. It captures a comparative analysis of bamboo plantations of various species raised in the North-eastern States through time series data.

Location North Eastern States
Duration 2012
Client Name ITC
Assessing the impacts of Invasive Species on Forest Eco-system in the State of Sikkim

The study forms a part of UNDP-SDC partnership that aims to assist the State Nodal Institutions on climate change in the implementation of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) with focus on identified priority sectors (Water, Disaster Management, Forests and Energy). The overall objective of the assignment is to conduct a comprehensive study on invasive species in Sikkim and prepare an action plan for management of such species, in light of climate change in the state.

IORA will conduct a detailed study on existing literature and initiatives undertaken by the State Department and other relevant academic institutions followed by a report on invasive plant species in the context of climate change using high resolution images, mapping technologies and other primary data. IORA will also prepare an action plan for effective management of invasive species.   Further IORA will conduct dissemination workshop with officials from forest department to share results and action plan. The study aims to feed into sector specific adaptation strategies for Sikkim and to provide clear strategies that can be operationalized by the state government.

Location Sikkim
Duration 2016 – 2017
Client Name UNDP India, SDC, MoEFCC and Sikkim Forest Department
Assessing Ecosystem Services created due afforestation activities of ONGC of Ringal Bamboo in Upper Himalayas

In line with one of the eight priority areas of National Action Plan on Climate Change i.e. “Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem”, ONGC took the initiative for Ringal Tree (Small Hill Bamboo) plantation in 730 Ha in select reserve forests namely Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Chamoli; and Kedarnath Wildlife Division, Gopeshwar and Pithoragarh Forest Division, Pithoragarh situated in upper Himalayan region of Uttarakhand.

IORA is conducting an assessment study that shall represent the impact of all visible plantations on Ecosystem Services on the project site. The study includes the assessment of land use pattern of area before the plantation, the present status, and changes that have occurred as a result of plantation. It would also take into consideration the impact on purification of air, enhancement of water resources in the area and the quality of soil; resulted changes on meteorology; enhancement of floral diversity; and impact on local communities in terms of livelihood creation.

Location Uttarakhand, India
Duration 2016 – 2017
Client Name ONGC
Evaluation of Works done under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) in the State of Telangana

Under CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management & Planning Authority, a national level programme funded by the MoEFCC, Government of India), large-scale activities have been taken up by The Telangana State Forest Department (TSFD) from 2009-2010 onwards for preservation & development of natural forests, afforestation of degraded forest areas, forest protection, forest fire management, management of wildlife, capacity building, research & development, infrastructure development in the sector and other allied works.  On the basis of the need to technically evaluate these ongoing efforts, and based on the learnings, plan the way forward and also, the State CAMPA guidelines stipulate that an evaluation protocol/ methodology of the works implemented has to be evolved and implemented to ensure effective and proper utilization of funds for which funds are also earmarked, TSFD through a national open competitive bidding process hired the services of IORA Ecological Solutions as a third party to undertake technical evaluation of activities taken up from 2009-2010 to 2015-2016 year wise throughout the state under different components of CAMPA. The study will involve design of evaluation methodology, sampling of ten per cent of each component for each year and visits to all concerned forest areas to physically verify and record CAMPA works.

Location Telangana, India
Duration May – July 2017
Client Name Telangana State Forest Department