In order to continue with the preparation of proposals and feasibility studies for climate finance projects relating to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), FORCLIME has been supporting the West Kalimantan Provincial Environment and Forestry Service (DLHK) during the conducting of FGDs that are being aimed at the development of detailed action plans for each project component. In this regard, a recent FGD was held in Pontianak over the two days of 30 - 31 January 2023. This activity was implemented in hybrid mode and was attended through online means by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and attended in person by other provincial government agencies, academics, NGOs and related development partners.
The activity was opened by the Secretary of DLHK for West Kalimantan Province, Mr. Amung Hidayat, SP, MM., who set out the various directions and objectives of the FGD. These were followed by various directions and presentations given by the MoEF, which was being represented by the Director of Sectoral and Regional Resource Mobilization at the Directorate-General of Climate Change Control, Dr. Wahyu Marjaka, M.Eng.
The focus of the FGD was to secure input from the various parties regarding proposed GCF project activities by taking into account other provincial planning documents, including the Provincial Institutions Budget Activity Plan, the West Kalimantan Provincial FOLU Net Sink Operational Plan and the REDD+ Provincial Strategy and Action Plan. In addition to the preparation and discussion of internal plans at the provincial level, the two-day meeting also offered an opportunity for exchanges of information with consultants in relation to project feasibility studies. Through simultaneous and synchronous discussions, the GCF project activities should be able to support the achievements of Key Performance Indicators for West Kalimantan Province, particularly targets relating to adaptation to climate change and actions aimed at mitigation.
The planned follow-up to this activity will involve integrating the various inputs and results of discussions between the parties during the FGD into the GCF activity proposal. In addition to proposals and feasibility studies, support remains ongoing for GCF project submissions relating to the preparation of Environmental and Social Safeguard (ESS), Climate Impact Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA), Indigenous Peoples Plan (IPP) and Gender Assessment and Gender Action Plan (GA-GAP) documents.