Request for Quotation (in Sealed Envelope) Economic Development for Developing Low Emission Development Scenario in North Sumatera and West Papua

As the world’s largest archipelago nation in area and population, Indonesia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. With 30% of the world’s mangroves (>3 million ha) and 22 million ha of peatlands, peat and mangrove ecosystems (PME) provide adaptation and resilience capacity for vulnerable communities, including coastal protection, flood control, water quality, and food security. However, PMEs are amongst Indonesia’s most threatened ecosystems including in the project pilot Provinces North Sumatera and West Papua. The pilot Provinces represent two different development stages and conservation approaches in Indonesia where the North Sumatera is more focusing on peatland restoration and the West Papua is more focusing on peat and mangrove conservation.


North Sumatera

North Sumatra has been a pioneer in the development of agricultural plantations such as palm oil, rubber and pulp and paper, impacting its forests with roughly only 31% of its forest cover remaining (about 2.2 million Ha out of a total 7.2 million terrestrial Ha). The total designated forest area is 3.01 Million Ha and is managed in 22 units by Forest Management Units (FMU) and Conservation areas. Non-forest land increased significantly from 4,716,416.42 ha in 1990 to 5,250,676.66 ha in 2015 – indicating 74.11% of land-use in the North Sumatra. The forest and land conversion also happened rapidly at the high carbon stock-peatland area. The peatland conversion was counted almost 80% of peatland have been drained and converted to palm oil. Rapid deforestation occurred during 2000-2012 with deforestation rates in forests at over 3% from 2000 to 2005, increasing to nearly 6% from 2005 to 2010, and decreased from 2010 to 2012 at 3%. If North Sumatra continued with a business-as-usual scenario, it is estimated that by 2035 roughly 350,000 Ha, out of 1.9 million Ha of remaining primary forest cover, could be lost – impacting animal habitats, biodiversity, and resulting in emissions of around 150 MT CO2e. These key remaining forests are predominantly located in the west part of North Sumatera across 4 Districts: Mandailing Natal, South Tapanuli, North Tapanuli, and Pakpak Barat. Nevertheless, the rapid deforestation were indicated not directly impacted to the regional economic growth and North Sumatera PDRB- the North Sumatera economic growth from 2001-2017 were stagnant at 5.1%-5.2%.


West Papua

With 9.4 million hectares of forests (approximately 90% of its entire terrestrial area), West Papua is one of the ‘greenest’ provinces in all of Indonesia. The forests hold rich biodiversity and carbon stocks, including around one million hectares of vital peatland and 650,000 Ha of Mangrove. The health of the forests can be directly attributed to the many indigenous communities that have been sustainably managing these resources for generations. Most of these communities still live in isolated locations and rely heavily on the forest for livelihoods and subsistence (timber, fuelwood, bush food, medicinal plants, etc.), while a small number have transitioned to more intensive agricultural-based systems. This deep-rooted history and the knowledge that West Papua’s indigenous populations have in terms of forest resources and sustainable management is an incredible asset for the development. Concerning those resources, The Provincial Government declares their commitment as Sustainable Development Province (Provinsi Konservasi).

Nevertheless, there are a trade-off between conservation visions and key economic development indicators.


IKI Project

The Peat and Mangrove Ecosystems (PME) Project in Indonesia is part partnership between government of Indonesia and the Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) The project focus on climate change “Mitigation, Adaptation through Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Indonesia’s Peat and Mangrove Ecosystems”.

Conservation International (CI) is the lead agency for implementing and executing the project along with partners, Wetlands International and CIFOR. Conservation International works in partnership with stakeholders at the national and local levels to conserve nature and improve human wellbeing in Indonesia.

The project will focus on national policy, smart land use planning, improved forest management, sustainable production and innovative finance. The project will provide technical assistance and tools for partners to make informed decisions, manage natural resources sustainably and develop green economic pathways that will contribute significantly towards Indonesia’s NDCs as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.



The project will facilitate technical assistance and capacity building to both pilot Province, North Sumatera and West Papua in developing low emission development scenario and sustainable financing scheme for conservation including the PME. The results of this consultancy will be used to:

Provide technical material for supporting review and revise to the land use plan (Pola dan Struktur Ruang) to ensure environmental regulations are followed and important natural capital areas are protected.
Provide material for strengthening the Provincial and District Development Plan
Provide material for strengthening the Provincial Forest Plan (RKTP) of North Sumatera and West Papua, so that the management peat and mangrove areas are incorporated into protection zones as per regulations.
Support the development of FMU forestry management plan (RPJHP) that reflects the needs and alternative green business blueprint for West Papua
Improve the capacity of both provincials and districts government agencies.


B.1. North Sumatera

Geographical focus: Provincial level and 2 target Districts: South Tapanuli and Mandailing Natal.

Deliverable 1. Baseline and Business as usual (BAU) regional economic development assessment-the deforestation and peatland degradation scenario.

Review the Provincial and target Districts, Mandailing Natal and South Tapanuli development visions, objectives, targets, development plan, and indicators and its implementation. This will include the proposal land use plan (RTRWK and RTRWP), infrastructure and priorities of program in province planning RTRW, Provincial and District action plan, Annual Government Development Plan (RKPD), Provincial Forest Plan (RKTP), and RKPD;
Analysis of historical and current economic development situation against sustainability principle including condition and trend of following key aspects: growth, poverty, job creation, equality, resources sustainability, investment, government budget and program, trade balance, etc;
Evaluate the framework of general state budget’s project considering the developmental priorities and directions;
Analyse and review the social and economic impact of palm oil plantation and mills on the peatland to Provincial and Sub-Districts’ targets;
Provide a methodological approach related to studies on investments and its components on the macroeconomic and sectorial levels with coordination with relevant entities;
Train related District Agencies with sustainable economic development concept, and sustainable growth theory.
Deliverable 2. Restoration project feasibility and regional development impacts assessment for peatland restoration in the target areas.

Together with the other experts, the Service Provider conduct feasibility study economic development and its impact assessment from landscape design of conservation, restoration, and sustainable production scenario. Here some following details:

conduct feasibility study including cost-benefit analysis for peatland restoration and alternative economic scenario;
analyse and review the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts from the restoration activities. The potential impacts include the contribution of peatland restoration project to social and economic key development indicators (SDGs) including but not limited to economic growth, job creations, equality, poverty reductions, etc. Applicants are encouraged to provide the key indicators in the proposal;
identify and Analyse the potential investment scheme tr supporting peatland restoration including but not limited to governments budget and budget such as village fund, green sukuk, carbon credit, direct private sector investment, potential public private partnership (PPP) investment.
Deliverable 3. Design of financing scheme and Institutional Strategy for implementing the peatland restoration project.

The Service Provider will produce analysis and recommendations for development mix-funding scheme for supporting the restoration project including the institutional set up for implementing. The deliverable 3 might include following detail:

Identifying potential financing for the restoration project including but not limited to national development funding, sub-national development funding, Green Sukuk, carbon credit, CSR, village fund;
Design and strategy to consolidate the potential financing into project portfolios;
Analysis for effective Institutional design for effective restoration project implementation;
Train the sub-national stakeholders with financing and potential funding for investment.


The assignment will be started in mid of January to September 2020.



The total budget is IDR 600,000,000 max (all inclusive-including travel costs, personnel, events, other related costs).


E. REQUIREMENT: the firm/institution is required to submit:

Organization/Company Profile, including description of its Business Licenses & Historical Works.
Technical Proposal, containing:Description of the Technical Approach
Timeline of each milestone/deliverable.
Budget Plan, including approximately number of travel and personnel and required workshop, FGD, and stakeholder meetings in the proposal. The budgets for the stakeholder engagement meetings and multi-stakeholder consultation workshops will need to be submitted for prior approval.
Qualification of Key Personnel/Team Members

Please send your Sealed Envelope containing Cover Letter along with documents required on Point E. REQUIREMENT-a) to c) above (in PDF) to:

Human Resources Department

Conservation International Indonesia

Jl. Pejaten Barat No. 16 A, Kemang

Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan 12550.


Please fill the “subject” on the upper-left corner of envelope with this format: 

<re-advertised-EconomicDev> – <your firm/organization name>

Your Sealed Envelope must be received by us at 5.00 PM (Jakarta Time) by 24 January 2020 at the latest.

(Only short-listed candidates  will be notified

- no any electronic Application will be considered for the Selection).

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