March 2009
 Winrock International Innovations Newsletter

In this issue:

Winrock to Accept Energy Globe Award for MACH Project

Winrock Awarded USAID Cooperative Agreement in Sudan

American Carbon RegistryTM Releases Forestry Standard 

JDR Opens Grant Competition in India

Winrock Nepal Signs Five-Year General Agreement 


Correction
In the February issue of Innovations, our feature on the CHES program did not acknowledge the U.S. Department of Labor's funding. That story has been updated. We apologize for the error. 




JDR Opens Grant Competition in India

In December Winrock's John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program, in conjunction with UNICEF India, opened a grant competition in India for applied research on multiple-use water services to reduce poverty and vulnerability to climate change. During the first phase of the competition, four researchers were selected by a panel of local experts to receive planning grants of $1,500 to assemble multi-disciplinary research teams and prepare two-year proposals for submission. The four grant recipients are: independent researcher Varun Sharma of New Delhi; Dhrubajit Sarma, unit manager for Action for Food Production in Guwahati; Vaishalee Khadilkar, team leader for Water Supply and Sanitation, Dilasa Janvikas Pratisthan, Aurangabad; and Dr. S.K. Gautam, research associate with The Energy and Resources Institute in Bangalore. In April, each team will present their full proposals to a local judging committee in New Delhi, with one being chosen to carry out the proposed research over a two-year period. 

 

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Winrock to Accept Energy Globe Award for MACH Project
The Energy Globe Award is one of the most important environmental awards worldwide and Winrock International's Management of Aquatic Ecosystems through Community Husbandry (MACH) program has been selected as the winner for Bangladesh. Awarded by the Energy Globe Foundation, he Energy Globe Award distinguishes projects that use resources in a sustainable manner in the categories Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth. The ceremony serves as the opening event for the meeting of the European Union's environment ministers on April 14 in Prague. 

The USAID-funded MACH project adopted an integrated multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral, and participatory approach to address declining fisheries and environmental degradation of wetlands in Bangladesh. Over the life of the project, MACH secured dry-season surface water, established wetland sanctuaries and maintained riparian areas, while also protecting the surrounding watershed. Fish catches have more than doubled, and two locally extinct species have been reintroduced. Upon seeing the successes of MACH, the government of Bangladesh has replicated elements of the project's approach in additional fishing areas.


Winrock Awarded USAID Cooperative Agreement in Sudan
Winrock International signed a three-year cooperative agreement with USAID in February to manage the Building Responsibility for the Delivery of Government Services (BRIDGE) program in southern Sudan. 

Through the BRIDGE program, Winrock International will increase the local Sudanese government's ability to deliver vital social services and increase economic growth in the states of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Unity. The program will help the Government of South Sudan (GOSS) fulfill the promise of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005 to end the civil war between North and South Sudan. With USAID funding, Winrock will help rural communities plan and implement needed infrastructure projects to increase food security and agriculture sector development, including market linkages and extension services. They will also improve access to safe drinking water and promote improved sanitation, and expand access to quality education for all children. 


American Carbon RegistryTM Releases Forestry Standard
With forestry offsets likely to play a major role in the future United States cap and trade scheme, American Carbon RegistryTM released its much-awaited Forest Carbon Project Standard this month at Point Carbon's Carbon Markets Insights 2009 in Copenhagen. Developed by parent organization Winrock International's renowned team of carbon experts-lead by Dr. Tim Pearson and including three co-Nobel Peace Prize recipients-the new standard bears the stamp of scientific credibility and transparency. 

The new standard details requirements for afforestation and reforestation, improved forest management and reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) projects, and includes eligibility requirements, additionality determination, methodologies and quantification tools for baselines, monitoring and leakage. The Forest Carbon Project Standard offers project proponents several options for assuring the permanence of carbon stocks in forests including a buffer account, which is flexible as it allows for the contribution of non-forest offsets, and additional insurance mechanisms which are in development as a service to American Carbon RegistryTM members. "The release of our forestry standard is the key to moving the large 2009 pipeline of over a million forestry tons through the process of registration," said John Kadyszewski, director of Winrock's American Carbon RegistryTM, noting that this should help address the current market demand while building the offset pipeline for the coming years. To read the full release, click here

Winrock's USAID-funded MACH project prevented the declination of  fisheries and wetland degradation in Bangladesh.  

The USAID-funded BRIDGE program will improve the lives of villagers in South Sudan. 

ACR's Forest Carbon Project Standard was developed by Winrock's carbon experts. 


Winrock Nepal Signs Five-Year General Agreement
For nongovernmental organizations working in Nepal, it is necessary to apply for permission to operate from the Social Welfare Council of Nepal, a government unit under the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare that is tasked with registering, entering into agreements, and  monitoring NGOs. Winrock Nepal has signed its fourth renewal of the five-year general agreement based on the requirements of the Social Welfare Act, which allows for the formal recognition of Winrock in Nepal, while additional agreements address each individual project. Above, Winrock Nepal regional operations manager Killeshwor Malla and Social Welfare Council members secretary Mr. Ratna Kaji Bajracharya shake hands after signing the new agreement.