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Workshop on Impact Evaluation Methods and Research Collaboration Kick-off

Workshop on Impact Evaluation Methods and Research Collaboration Kick-off

10 and 12 October 2022, Samarinda, Indonesia

Background and objective

Since 2009, CIFOR-ICRAF and partners have been implementing a Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+). The GCS REDD+ aims to understand national REDD+ policy processes, including to learn from subnational-level REDD+ implementation and from engagement with local stakeholders. One activity in the current phase is to build research collaboration with local universities. This aims to provide REDD+ policymakers and practitioner communities with the information, analysis and tools toensure effective and cost‐efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co‐benefits – the ‘3Es’ (effective, efficient and equitable) principles.

East Kalimantan province is implementing an emission reduction programme at subnational level following the Forest Carbon Partnership FacilityCarbon Fund scheme funded by the World Bank. It is a result-based payments, which allow the World Bank to pay as much as USD 5 for every tonne of verified CO2e emission reduction (ER) during the five-year monitoring period (2019–24). Compared to the other 363 provinces, East Kalimantan is a leading example of a REDD+ implementation project in Indonesia. This remarkable achievement is a product of collaborative works among East Kalimantan stakeholders i.e. government institution and non-govermental partners.

As the leading higher education institution for forestry in East Kalimantan, Faculty of Forestry Universitas Mulawarman members and experts have contributed to various phases of the East Kalimantan ER programme. With this common interest, CIFOR-ICRAF and the faculty agreed to collaborate on the impact evaluation of the REDD+ programme. This collaboration is articulated around a common goal: co-developing and implementing robust impact evaluation methods to understand if, and under which conditions, policies aimed at improving the management of forested landscape in East Kalimantan are effective in achieving sustainability.

The impact evaluation study in East Kalimantan follows quasi-experimental approaches. It attempts to answers question such as, “what would have happened in the case of no intervention?” to better understand whether implementation led to the desired environmental and/or livelihood outcomes and to understand in what condition(s) those outcomes are expected to occur.

The first step of this mutual collaboration is the workshop and kickoff events held in Samarinda. These will (i) present and discuss CIFOR-ICRAF impact evaluation methods based on quasi-experimental design; (ii) present and discuss research activities related to REDD+/FOLU sectors being implemented by Universitas Mulawarman; and (iii) exchange and explore together new research ideas that the team could focus on.

Date, time, and tentative agenda and targeted participants

The invitation only workshop and kick-off meeting will take place in Samarinda on 10 and 12 October 2022, mainly in Bahasa Indonesia.

The workshop (10 October 2022) will focus on impact evaluation methods (i.e., introduction, strengths and limitations, and examples) and discussions pertaining to policy options for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

The kick-off meeting (12 October 2022) will involve a much broader range of stakeholders from government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), particularly who has performed an impact evaluation study in East Kalimantan.

Contact person

Bimo Dwisatrio: b.dwisatrio@cgiar.org
Sandy Nofyanza: s.nofyanza@cgiar.org