ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – Indonesia and Norway have agreed to continue cooperation in reducing deforestation.
Norway continues its $100 million contribution to deforestation reduction performance in 2017/18 and 2018/2019.
This contribution is a follow-up to the cooperation between the two countries signed by the Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry and the Norwegian Minister of Climate, where Norway previously contributed $56 million in October 2022.
The signing of the commitment to continue the contribution was carried out by the Main Director of the Indonesian Environmental Fund Management Agency, Joko Tri Haryanto together with the Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia Rut Kruger Giverin and witnessed by the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, in Jakarta, Wednesday, December 13 2023.
Minister Siti said that this addendum to the CA was a huge achievement and was based on verification of emission reductions from 2017–2018 to 2018–2019. Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan is also a reference and orientation for Norway in providing support to Indonesia, because 60% of emissions come from the FOLU sector.
This also reflects that things that are deliverable, tangible and directly beneficial to society are becoming a reality and becoming a record of progress for Indonesia.
Minister Siti stated that of course all this must be maintained properly. “Indonesia really emphasizes concrete climate actions, with real examples, so it also shows that this real work is not just a pledge,” he said.
On this occasion, Ambassador Rut Kruger Giverin said that the signing of this CA was a follow-up to Norway’s commitment delivered at COP28 in Dubai. The contribution from Norway will be used to support the implementation of the 2030 FOLU net sink operational plan.
“This operational plan is very ambitious and impressive, covering all the policy steps taken by the Indonesian government to reduce the rate of deforestation,” he said.
Furthermore, Ambassador Rut Kruger Giverin said that Indonesia and Norway have the same priorities in terms of controlling the climate and natural crisis. Bilateral cooperation between the two countries was strengthened last year when Indonesia and Norway signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
The MoU between Indonesia and Norway which was signed last year includes results-based cooperation. Not long after the MoU was signed, Norway supported Indonesia with an initial contribution of $56 million. This contribution is for reducing emissions from reducing the rate of deforestation in Indonesia for the 2016-2017 period.
On December 1, during the Climate Summit in Dubai or COP28, Norway announced an additional contribution of $100 million to Indonesia as a result of reducing Indonesia’s deforestation rate from the 2017-2018 and 2018/2019 periods.
“Other countries in the world are very impressed with Indonesia’s achievements. I congratulate Minister Siti Nurbaya, and the Indonesian government for their extraordinary achievements under the leadership of President Joko Widodo. I hope that Indonesia’s achievements can provide inspiration for other countries to take steps to overcome the climate change and nature crisis. “And I hope that the partnership between Indonesia and Norway can provide inspiration for the world,” he said.
President Director of the Environmental Fund Management Agency, Joko Tri Haryanto, explained that there are 5 sectors that are areas for the use of contributed funds from Norway.
First, strengthening forest protection and increasing community participation. Second, investment, sustainable forest management, forest and land rehabilitation, and social forestry. Third, biodiversity conservation. Fourth, reducing emissions from fires and peat decomposition. Fifth, strengthening law enforcement.
“The signing of this agreement has once again created history that the commitment from the Indonesian government is not just rhetoric, not just a commitment on paper but can be implemented and has been recognized,” he said. (AT Network)
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