A. Natural capital accounting
NCCF has partnered with GICIA to collaboratively develop along with IUCN India, specifically its Leaders for Nature India program, a toolkit for natural capital accounting for forestry sector businesses in India. Our partner in industry to pilot and test this toolkit will be the Paperboard and Specialty Pulp Division of ITC Limited. The work is at an advanced stage of negotiation between the three organisations and will shortly be initiated after a formal agreement is signed. To develop this toolkit, NCCF, GICIA and IUCN India will be following the Natural Capital Protocol that has been developed by the Natural Capital Coalition. The Natural Capital Coalition, formerly The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Business, is a global multi-stakeholder partnership/initiative/collaboration made up of organisations from the realms of research, science, academia, business, advisory, membership, accountancy, reporting, standard setting, finance, investment, policy, government, conservation and civil society. The Natural Capital Coalition aims to harmonies all approaches to Natural Capital Accounting. One of the aims of the coalition is to develop, test and encourage the use of a standardized Natural Capital Protocol and sector guides. The logical next step that NCCF is aspiring to achieve by undertaking this work is to go on to develop an official Natural Capital Accounting sector guide for forestry sector businesses.
B. National Skill Development Council
The National Skill Development council Project was worked upon to but due to some reasons was put on hold. The following is the project brief:
Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is an imperative for the country in view of global awareness and development of responsible and sustainable management practices for forests and forest resources. Forest produces are one of the significant factor in terms of economic share of the country. Conservation, utilization, extraction of resources and maintenance is highly dependent on the credibility of the workers in the sector and also plays an important role in sustainable development at the grass root level. Thus standardization of Job Roles and skill development has a role in the following parts of the Forestry.
- Forest Protection
- Forest Production
- Forest Conservation
- Forest Utilization
- Forest Extraction
- Product waste
- NTFP (Bamboo, Latex, Tendu, resin extraction etc)
- Ecosystem services.
Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests aims to promote credible forestry in India through development of sustainable forest management standards for the country. NCCF is efficient and suitable choice for operationalising the Forestry Sector Skill Council because:
- Currently it is the only existing organization covering the social, environmental and economic aspects of the Forestry sector by having unbiased representation from both government and private organizations such as Industries, State forest departments, Professional foresters, NGOs- social and environmental, Workers association and many more.
- The executive committee having expertise from different facets of forest sector.
- It is already a forest standardizing organization developing the certification scheme for sustainable forest management hence standardization of job roles for workers associated with the sector will be based on the practical and on the ground approach.
NCCF has the chain of custody standards under the forest certification scheme covering the life cycle of resources after extraction from forests till the retail consumption and thus the covering workers involved at each stage of the life cycle
C. Okhla Bird Sanctuary ecological assessment
The project aims at the Identification of landscapes under stress and vulnerable to the climate change, with a potential for holistic improvement and emphasis on improving the natural regeneration, stem density improvement and general improvement of the overall quality of the forest. Unlike the existing forest department afforestation schemes, the project areas would be managed with a view of enhancing the carbon sequestration capacity along with inherent ecological benefits, ultimately enhancing the carbon pool. The funding of the project would be based on the convergence of funding through private public enterprises and funds for their carbon footprint mitigation along with existing programmes (such as National Mission for a Green India , NAP). The project will be designed with timeframe of 15-20yrs toestablish 2nd generation of natural regeneration and achieve permanence. Initially the targeted areas would be PAs with a view of recovery of stressed landscapes. The policy framework of PAs would assist in achieving permanence as well as preventing leakage of fixed carbon assets. Private enterprise involvement would be by means of individuals/corporate carbon foot printing and mitigation strategies which dovetail into a planting program having per tree/hectare carbon emission neutralizing effects.
D. Raw Material Bank
India is one of the important suppliers in world’s handicraft industry. The handicraft industry is highly labour intensive cottage industry in urban and rural areas. This industry is important to artisans and craftsmen as it provides employment to over six million artisans who include women and people from weaker sections of the society. The industry is highly decentralized and is spread all across the country. Major centers for handicrafts industry include Moradabad, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Saharanpur, Nagina, Agra, Chenapatana, Udaipur, Firozabad etc. The industry has a huge demand of both hardwood and softwood which is currently being catered by domestic timber market. Increasing demand of these species and lack of plantations/supply, indicates the shortage of these species in coming year. The industry needs a continuous supply of raw material in order to flourish. The proposed program of developing a raw Material land Bank is expected to support the supply of species coupled with market linkages and product diversification.
The objective of the Raw Material Bank is to ensure availability of quality raw material on a continuous basis to the artisans / exporters/ entrepreneurs of Handicraft industry at a reasonable price/hedged price.