The Green Prosperity (GP) Project was part of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Program which designed to reduce poverty by promoting economic growth. GP Project would provide commercial and grant financing to support private sector investment in renewable energy and sustainable land use practices. The project would also provide technical assistance to support project preparation, improve land use planning, and strengthen local and regional capacity to pursue low carbon development. There were six tasks to support Green Prosperity Project. One of the task was Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) conducted by Abt Associates in collaboration with URDI.
SEA aims to identify key environmental, social, and economic drivers that should inform district-level development planning and the identification of viable GP investments in each of the four starter districts, namely Muaro Jambi and Merangin (Jambi Province), Mamuju and Mamasa (West Sulawesi Province). The activities already implemented were:
1) Screening Report
The screening stage was used to determine whether the SEA is “significant” and needed in order to have policy plans and programs (PPP) that meet sustainable development objectives. If SEA significance to Green Prosperity Project in each starter districts, then SEA could proceed to the next stage.
2) Multi Stakeholder Forum (MSF)
MSF was a forum attended by key stakeholders to discuss issues related to Green Prosperity Project. In MSF, each the tasks groups supported Green Prosperity Project presented identification results to the participants. The objectives of MSF were: (i) stakeholders could understand critical and strategic issues to obtain optimum benefit from GP implementation; and (ii) stakeholders understand the opportunities for their participation on GP implementation in the future.
The results of MSF was obtaining clarification on critical issues and recommendations related to renewable energy and sustainable natural resources management from stakeholders.
3) Scoping Report
Scoping report focused on the strategic areas based on areas proposed by stakeholders. The objectives of the scoping were: (i) to identify geographic and temporal boundaries in strategic areas and also its critical issues, and (ii) to collect data and information about premiliniary strategic issues in the study area to inform the stakeholders about economy benefit on GP investment project. the Screening Report was used landscape approach as an integrated approach to address critical issues identified by district and provincial governments, and strategic issues identified in the SEA’s scoping phase. The approach was needed to identify temporal and spatial dynamics of the study area in order to have better understanding the issues, and as guideline to draw up comprehensive solution which could potentially obstruct GP investment impementation in the future.