Indonesia claims to reduce 577 million tons of CO2 emissions through REDD+

Jakarta – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry said in an official statement this week that the implementation of REDD+ in the 2018-2020 period had contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 577 million tons of CO2. REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is a global initiative that aims to incentivize the conservation and sustainable management of forests in developing countries to mitigate climate change.

The Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya said, the REDD+ performance was included in Indonesia’s third biennial report or Indonesia’s 3rd BUR (Biennial Update Report) in November 2022. Technical analysis by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) of the report declares that the information data and methodology for measuring Indonesia’s REDD+ performance are transparent, consistent, complete, accurate and comprehensive.

“This performance figure is not an estimate by the Indonesian government itself, but a number that has been verified by the UNFCCC in November 2022,” Nurbaya said during a meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia Rut Krüger Giverin.

On that occasion, the minister also conveyed the development of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Governments of Indonesia and Norway, as well as a Contribution Agreement (CA) regarding results-based contributions for emission reductions.

Both parties assessed that Indonesia’s policy and regulatory framework for reducing emissions from the forestry sector and other land uses, which was further supported by Norway’s contribution, had yielded impressive results.

Responding to this, Ambassador Giverin expressed his appreciation for Indonesia’s extraordinary achievements. He stated that the Government of Norway appreciates the technical work pattern of the Environmental Fund Management Agency (BPDLH). Henceforth, both parties agreed to form a Joint Working Group to further discuss this matter.

Also present accompanying the Minister of Environment and Forestry at this meeting were the Director General of Sustainable Forest Management (PHL) Agus Justianto, Director General of Climate Change Control (PPI) Laskmi Dhewanthi, Head of BPDLH Djoko Hendratto, Head of the Foreign Cooperation Bureau (KLN) Dida Migfar Ridha and Head of Nunu Anugrah Public Relations Bureau. (Hartatik)

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