The “PNG Forestry and Climate Change Policy Framework for Action” emphasises the NEED for a multi-stakeholder approach to CFM and REDD programming that engages customary landowners at the local level and enhances the capacity of government institutions at the national level. Whilst customary landowners and their CFEs are generally well informed about the quality of their forests, they are often excluded from forest resource assessment activities, forest management decision-making processes, and associated development opportunities (e.g. REDD financing mechanisms).
The Pre-Project will develop a model community-based land ownership mapping and forest resource assessment system that supports CFM and REDD schemes within four pilot areas of PNG. Pre-Project ACTIVITIES will involve the selection of demonstration sites, identification of landowners and local partners, and formation of project agreements. They will also focus on the collection of baseline data, selection of cost-effective implementation strategies, and preparation of technical specifications for the required equipment, materials and support services. A systematic, participatory and capacity building APPROACH will be used, leading to the formulation of a high-quality Full-Project Proposal. The Pre-Project will deliver the following OUTPUTS:
1. Eight demonstration sites will be selected with customary landowners and local CFM / REDD partners in place;
2. Local forest resource assessment and land ownership mapping system will be designed for customary landowners and CFEs;
3. An interactive online platform will be designed for managing forest and land tenure data and facilitating collaboration between the PNG Forest Authority, forest communities, NGOs and investors.