Iora is a pioneer in community-based forestry carbon and REDD+ programs. Our REDD+ approach is based on detailed scientific analysis, extensive stakeholder engagement, community involvement, rigorous trainings and public-private partnerships to ensure efficiency and equity.
FOREST CARBON FINANCE
Estimation of Potential Value of Ecosystem Services and Development of REDD+ Project for Assam
Client:- “Assam Projects on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Society (APFBC) “
IORA developed a pilot Jurisdictional REDD+ project in Assam with an aim to leverage additional national and international financing towards enabling successful integration of multiple sustainable forest management interventions with emphasis on income generation and livelihood security. It involves Land Use and Land Cover analyses to develop a REDD+ baseline, setting up an interdepartmental REDD+ Cell and a departmental REDD+ Task Force in the State. We developed a monitoring plan for the project and trained forest department personnel on REDD+ activities.
Fostering Community Forest Management in Nagaland
Client:- The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), India
IORA collaborated with TERI, to develop a community-based forest conservation REDD+ project with emphasis on livelihood benefits from sustainable land use practices in the PKR (Phenstunyu Khenyupj Rumesinyu) Reserve in Nagaland. The project aimed to improve rural livelihood through sustainable management of forests, forest conservation, enhancement of forest carbon stock and production of long-term verifiable voluntary emission reductions by carbon sequestration. The interventions have resulted in reduced pressure on natural resources in the community forest land. IORA also studied potential markets for carbon and other ecosystems services to benefit Nagaland’s communities.
Feasibility study on Voluntary Carbon Markets for SSM in India
Client:- GIZ India
IORA carried out a study for GIZ India to identify opportunities for accessing Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM) as an incentive for sustainable land management. The work entailed identification of activities with significant climate mitigation potential. The best-suited methodologies and standards across Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold Standard (GS) were mapped and assessed based on their applicability criteria.
The study focussed on outlining the key steps involved in developing an ‘Agriculture Land Management (ALM) Carbon Project’ that can provide real and measurable emission reduction under the current, widely utilized carbon standards. The study aims to provide streamlined guidance to help understand the trends, risks and challenges of voluntary carbon markets. It also estimates the climate mitigation potential for major ProSoil activities like Soil Organic Carbon, Agroforestry and Application of Urea and Nitrous Fertilizer. To optimise the interventions, output and viability, the study also mapped the convergence of all potential schemes, programmes, policies and actions related to ProSoil in India.