TITLE

Reducing Forest Degradation and Emissions Through Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Peninsular Malaysia

PROJECT NUMBER

RED-PD 037/11 REV. 2(F)

EXECUTING AGENCY

FRIM

COLLABORATING AGENCY

NRE, FDPM, State FD (Pahang)

DURATION

36 months

STARTING DATE

February 2013

BUDGET SOURCES OF FINANCE: Source Contribution in US$
ITTO

590, 922.00

Government of Malaysia

273,700.00

Other sources

0.00

TOTAL

864, 622.00

To utilize SFM as a mitigation tool in combating climate change

To improve knowledge on enhancement of carbon stock and enhance payments for ecosystem services.

The project is indeed among pilot projects of REDD+ related project in Malaysia to enhance its readiness to full implementation of REDD+. The implementation of the project is expected to enable better integration climate change requirements into current forest management and practices. In general, the project is assessing the current management practices based on the SFM in terms of its total carbon storage. The amount of total carbon stock based on the SFM practices in this country is the critical baseline information for incentive calculation under the REDD+ mechanism. The project also evaluates the economy aspect including payment for ecosystem services (PES); carbon stock and watershed.

Project activities are being implemented smoothly as planned. The project shows closer collaboration among the collaborating agency; FRIM, FDPM and FD Pahang with NRE play as Chairman of Project Steering Committee (PSC). Progress of the project is being presented regularly in the PSC, Technical Working Group (TWFG) as well as structured reports submitted to ITTO. Last PSC meeting was conducted on 8 October 2014 in NRE, Putrajaya. Numbers of workshop, training courses and consultations/meetings had been conducted among the stakeholders, including regional visit to REDD+ project in Indonesia. The project was also hosting delegates from REDD+ project from Forest Department of Myanmar as part of cross sharing activities. Some related publications has been presented and published as outputs of the project.

Inclusion of Adaptation of forestry on climate change.

ITTO appreciated FRIM as the Executing Agency for taking many impressive efforts towards the effective implementation of this project. ITTO is pleased with the current progress of project implementation to enhance the SFM practices in Peninsular Malaysia under the REDD+ mechanism in mitigating the climate change. They also pleased with the production of several interesting papers, posters, articles, books as well as project’s facebook. In the case of the project’s facebook has been promoted as the best one for many ITTO projects in the region.

Events 2016

No Date Venue Activity
1 January – March 2016 FRIM, Kepong Financial auditing 2015
2 26 March 2016 Janda Baik, Pahang Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Payment for Ecosystem Services (Ecotourism)
3 29 March 2016 FRIM, Kepong Project Management Team (PMT) Meeting
4 13 May 2016 FRIM, Kepong Final Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting
5 June 2016 FRIM, Kepong Seminar on FRIM-ITTO REDDES Project (project completion)

Events 2015

No Date Venue Activity
1 5 – 6 February 2015 Genting Highlands, Pahang Coaching session for ‘Economic valuation of ecosystem services’
2 March 2015 Temerloh/Bera, Pahang Awareness program with local dependent communities on ‘Payment for ecosystem services’
3 23 – 24 March 2015 Tioman, Pahang Project Management Team (PMT) Meeting, No. 2/2015
4 25 – 26 March 2015 Tioman, Pahang Preparation on Guidelines on Drivers of Deforestation and Carbon Pools
5 14 – 16 April 2015 Pahang Training workshop on ‘Technical report writing for economic valuation of ecosystem services’.
6 20 – 21 April 2015 Kuantan, Pahang Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting, No. 1/2015
7 May 2015 Pahang Awareness talk/campaign on ‘Payments for ecosystem service’
8 18 – 20 May 2015 Kuala Lumpur/Perak Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting, No. 1/2015
9 9 June 2015 Pahang Coaching session for ‘Developing payment for ecosystem services mechanism; identifying the framework’
10 September 2015 Pahang/ Perak Training workshop on ‘Developing PES mechanism’
11 October 2015 Pahang Project Management Team (PMT) Meeting, No. 4/2015
12 October 2015 Pahang Stakeholder consultation meeting on ‘Payments for ecosystem services mechanism’
13 October 2015 Kuala Lumpur/Selangor Seminar on outputs of the project for local stakeholders
14 October 2015 Pahang Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting, No. 2/2015
15 November 2015 Pahang/Kuala Lumpur Training workshop on ‘PES mechanism; from science to policy’
16 December 2015 Pahang/Kuala Lumpur Regional Seminar on ITTO REDDES projects

Events 2014

No Date Activity
1 2 – 9 February 2014 Hands-on training on Payment for Environmental Services (PES) of Component 3 to Sabah
2 31 March – 4 April 2014 Regional Technical Training on Carbon Assessment,  FRIM, Kepong
3 7 – 11 April 2014 Technical Training on Logging Emissions,  Pahang FD Training Centre, Kuantan, Pahang 
4 8 September 2014 Project information sharing with Forests and Climate Change Programme (FORCLIME),  Indonesia  by GiZ  at FRIM, Kepong
5 17 – 19 September 2014 Technical Training on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), Kuantan, Pahang
6 20 – 26 September 2014 Regional study tour to ITTO project in Meru Betiri, East Java, Indonesia
7 16 – 18 December 2014 Participating in International Workshop on REDD+ and Sustainable Landuse Management in Myanmar, Forest Department, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Events 2013

No Date Activity
1 17-18 April 2013 Training Needs Assessment (TNA), FRIM, Kepong
2 23 April 2013 Stakeholders Consultation Workshop, Kuantan, Pahang
3 17 June 2013 Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting, NRE, Putrajaya
4 19-21 June 2013 Mini Workshop FRIM-ITTO REDDES Project, Langkawi
5 23 Oct 2013

Field visit by Dr Ma Hwan Ok to Lipis

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6 24 Oct 2013 Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting, FRIM, Kepong
7 20-22 Nov 2013 Couching on Development of Reference Level (Component 1), FRIM

Press Statement

Utilizing the sustainable forest management (SFM) practices in Peninsular Malaysia under the REDD+ mechanism in mitigating the climate change

Malaysia is in the process of developing a National REDD strategy which requires much needed baseline data on the status of deforestation and degradation in the country. In accordance of that, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has awarded by International Timber Trade Organization (ITTO) to implement a new project under Thematic Programme on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services in Tropical Forests (REDDES). This project is expected to provide some critical baseline data to support the development of the National REDD strategy.

The three years project (begin 2013) entitled Reducing Forest Degradation and Emissions through Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Peninsular Malaysia is generally to utilize SFM as a mitigation tool in combating climate change. As deforestation rate is stable in Malaysia, the emissions to be accounted for REDD+ mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) would probably come from the reduction of forest degradation in Peninsular Malaysia.  The specific objective of this project is to improve knowledge on reduction of forest degradation and enhance payments for ecosystem services (PES). Assessment of national forest degradation could be done based on identification of drivers and documentation of the forestry data supporting the cause of forest degradation. As a note, the REDD+ mechanism under the UNFCCC that currently being discussed, would provide an incentive that may encourage implementation of improved management practices to reduce forest degradation in the tropical forests.

Besides FRIM as executing agency, other major players for this project are Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) and Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM) including Pahang State Forestry Department (FD Pahang). Pahang is selected as project site due to significant contribution of forestry sector to its economy and social development. Pahang has largest forest areas in Peninsular Malaysia comprises all major forest types. In addition, there are some communities dependants to the forest resources, in particular the orang asli. Good collaboration with FDPM and FD Pahang in conducting this project has been made as they also involved as project’s team since beginning of this project of early 2013.

The project is indeed among pilot projects of REDD+ related project order to Malaysia to enhance its readiness to full implementation of REDD+, once the mechanism take place in this country. The implementation of the project is expected to enable better integration climate change requirements into current forest management and practices. In general, the project will assess the current management practices based on the SFM in terms of its total carbon storage. In addition, improved silvicultural and management prescriptions will be introduced to further enhance the total carbon stock.  The amount of total carbon stock based on the SFM practices in this country is the critical baseline information for incentive calculation under the REDD+ mechanism. The project will also evaluate the economy aspect for PES; carbon stock, watershed and livelihood (forest dependant community).

The REDD+ mechanism is based national level and therefore the reporting should be at the national level that covering whole country. Nevertheless, the project outputs are easily to be utilized for calculating carbon storage in other states, in particular in Peninsular Malaysia as they are having the same forest management system. This project will provide opportunities to enhance the value of the forests and promote the SFM in Malaysia as the best management practices of tropical forests. Ultimately, this project will also complement other REDD+ related projects conducted in Malaysia and the current efforts by government of Malaysia to develop REDD strategy. Hence, Malaysia can gain important experience in conducting REDD+ at the sub-national level (state of Pahang) thus supports Malaysia’s commitment under the UNFCCC.

Photos 1-3:

The mangroves, peat swamp and hill forests are the major tropical forests in Malaysia that has been managed in sustainable basis. They storing large amount of carbon and therefore utilize this forest sound management practices under the REDD+ mechanism is an opportunity for further improve their management and conservation.

Photos 4-6: The Inception Workshop of this project on 12 March 2012 attended by all main stakeholders.

Address :

FRIM-ITTO REDDES,
Project Support Unit (PSU),
Natural Forest Program,
Forestry & Environment Division,
Forest Research Institute Malaysia,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia

Email :
ismailp@frim.gov.my / samsudinmusa@frim.gov.my

T : 603-62797635
F : 603-62750216