Work conducted by experts from the University of
Wolverhampton played a part in an International environmental
The Rio+20 Summit in Brazil came 20 years on from the Earth
Summit in the same city, with the aim of alleviating poverty while
sustaining the environment.
The University’s Centre for International Development and
Training (CIDT) was instrumental in two key pieces of work that
were showcased at the summit.
At the conference Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg announced
that the UK would be contributing £20m over four years to help
support the development of a forest knowledge bank.
The UK and international partners will help to create a bank of
scientific and local knowledge to connect forest communities and
give them the skills and investment needed to pull them out of
This will include developing guidance to direct money for
forestry management projects to the areas most in need, such as
Liberia, Ghana and Rwanda; spreading know-how on establishing seed
banks and tree nurseries; setting up investment forums to bring
together private investors and community forest enterprises to
kick-start economic growth.
CIDT were contracted by the Department for International
Development to produce the appraisal case for the proposed
Jon Macartney, CIDT associate and consultant who worked on the
project said: “DFID had identified the need for forestry research
and best practice information to be made more accessible and useful
for practitioners in order to better capture climate change
mitigation and biodiversity benefits and aid those most dependent
on forests for their livelihoods.
“Such programme proposals are required to meet rigorous
appraisal criteria in order for funding to be approved and
allocated. CIDT’s work involved identifying and assessing the
available options and undertaking analysis to ascertain economic
costs and benefits, cost effectiveness and value for money.
“This programme will help improve the way knowledge about
forests is understood, communicated and used so that decision
makers and practitioners working on the remote frontline in
developing countries are well-equipped to develop and implement
policies and projects that work.”
In a second highlight, work by the CIDT to research, scope,
design and conclude on a design for a national environment and
climate fund for Rwanda was also presented in Rio.
The Fonerwa project aims to be the primary vehicle through which
environment and climate finance is managed in the African
Jahan Chowdhury, Senior Lecturer and consultant for CIDT, led a
team of 10 international and national consultants on the work.
He said: “The fund is one of first financing mechanisms in
Africa that will be nationally owned and operated with a projected
capitalisation of more than £15 million over a three year
“This is a strategically important piece of work for the
Government of Rwanda that gives them first mover advantage for
accessing international finance. The fund design was developed in
close partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Economic
Planning and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.”
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