The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is an independent think tank and strategic policy research institute that focuses on the development – environment nexus. Through policy research, capacity building, networking and outreach, it aims to contribute to sustainable development solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, and globally.
The IGES headquarters are located in Hayama, Japan, and it maintains a regional centre in Bangkok and an office in Beijing. IGES sees partnerships as critical to providing solutions to the environmental challenges that developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region are facing. IGES partners with international organisations, governments, research institutions, the private sector, environmental and social NGOs, and other groups on a wide range of issues, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, forest and biodiversity conservation, water resource management, sustainable consumption and production, sustainable business, and land and resource use competition.
WORK UNDER RAFT
As part of RAFT, IGES has sought to generate new knowledge, practical models and useful tools to provide solutions to legality and sustainability issues associated with the forestry and the trade in forest products in the region. IGES has particularly focused on regional collaboration, building capacities within countries to realise sustainable forest management and a sustainable industry, and socially appropriate, environmentally sustainable and economically attractive models of locally-based forestry.
In the current phase of RAFT, IGES is undertaking three projects as well as working with other RAFT partners on communications and outreach, as well as regional activities. In Papua New Guinea, IGES is working with the Foundation for People and Community Development in Madang Province to support the certification of community forestry. In Lao PDR, IGES is collaborating with the Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos, on a project that will build the capacity of government officers in Luang Prabang province to undertake a forestry inventory. In additional, the project will construct and test a low-cost timber drying kiln to add value to timber harvested by local growers. Training materials and a guide for kiln construction will also be developed. In Indonesia, IGES and the Certification Body for Indonesian Forestry Professionals (Lembaga Sertificaksi Profesi Kehutanan Indonesia) are developing training materials and support tools for forest management units (KPHs) to build their capacity for forest monitoring and for handling non-compliances with the national legality verification system (SVLK) and with forest management certification.
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