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CA signed, Norway has 10 working days to deliver USD 56m to support Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030
October 20, 2022

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Following up on the signing of their MoU (Sep 12), Indonesia and Norway signed a groundbreaking Contribution Agreement (CA) yesterday (Oct 19) to further cement their ambitious new partnership.

A ceremony to mark the occasion, held at the Manggala Wanabakti building in Jakarta, was attended, among others, by Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Norway’s Ambassador to Indonesia Rut Krüger Giverin, and President Director of the Indonesian Environment Fund (IEF) Djoko Hendratto. 

The latter two attendees signed the landmark CA while Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment, Espen Barth Eide, relayed his remarks virtually.

In the preceding MoU, signed by Ministers Nurbaya and Barth Eide last month, the two partners confirmed their intention to collaborate in a new climate partnership in support of Indonesia’s Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan, while reaffirming Norway’s support for Indonesia’s achievements in reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation through the provision of results-based contributions.

Not a mere pledge

Minister Nurbaya hailed the signing of the CA, emphasizing that it shows that the new partnership is leading by example. “This CA reflects the deliverable, tangible, and direct benefits for the community and the progress of Indonesia pursuant to the prevailing governance.”

The Minister also elaborated on the CA in the context of Indonesia’s historic relationship with Norway in climate and forest-related issues. 

“(The CA is) a new milestone marking the resumption of a solid bilateral relationship on climate and forest issues. We are aiming to build an even stronger friendship, while retaining the enthusiasm and mutual trust necessary to deliver concrete and effective climate actions on the ground.”

The minister enthusiastically cited the Indonesian President’s demand for real actions, as opposed to just words, in ensuring the realization of the partnership.

“President Joko Widodo consistently stresses the importance of concrete climate actions, a clear example of which we are witnessing together today, proving that our new bilateral climate partnership is not a mere pledge. If all we did was to make pledges, we would not be leading by example - pledges do not help our efforts to fight the climate crisis at all.”

Global leader

In his remarks, Minister Barth Eide was effusive in his praise for Indonesia’s climate change efforts: “Indonesia has become a global leader in reducing deforestation. Thanks to a comprehensive set of policies implemented by the Indonesian government, deforestation is now being reported at a 20-year low. This has global significance for our fight against climate change and provides an invaluable contribution to conserving biodiversity.”

“I am pleased to confirm that we have concluded a contribution agreement for our financial contributions for Indonesia’s achievements in reduced emissions from deforestation in support of the newly signed MoU between our two governments,” Minister Barth Eide added.

The CA will see Norway delivering within ten days of its signing an initial results-based contribution of USD 56 million in support of the ongoing implementation of Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan, specifically for independently verified emission reductions of 11.2 million tons thanks to Indonesia’s reduced deforestation and forest degradation in the forest year 2016/2017.

Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan details Indonesia’s ambitions for the forestry and land use sector to become a net sink, or climate positive, by more than 140 million tons of CO2 by the end of this decade. 

This is to be achieved by reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and carbon-rich peatlands as well as by absorbing more carbon through the restoration of forests, peatlands and mangroves.

Indonesia is set to receive further contributions for a portion of the emission reductions achieved in subsequent years as these results are reported and verified. Both partners have agreed to an MRV Protocol that outlines principles for measurement, reporting and verification, as well as robust social and environmental safeguards. 

Climate finance action

Minister Nurbaya was quick to point out, however, that the contribution amounts are secondary to the nature of the efforts being carried out. 

“The important thing is not the size of the forthcoming results-based contributions, but the fact that a climate finance action is being performed as part of a bilateral climate partnership in a comprehensive and effective manner,” she asserted.

She also highlighted the fact that Norway’s contributions under the agreement are more than matched by Indonesia’s own budget apportionment. “Indonesia allocates over USD 300 million every year from its own state budget to support its FOLU Net Sink 2030 operational plan.”

In her speech at the event, Ambassador Giverin echoed the view of her country’s Climate and Environment Minister, lauding Indonesia for its remarkable reduced deforestation efforts and feats.

“Indonesia is a global leader in reducing deforestation, reporting record low levels in the past 20 years. With this, Indonesia is delivering globally significant climate mitigation and biodiversity protection. The whole world is impressed by Indonesia’s achievements.” 

After mentioning how impressed Minister Barth Eide also is with Indonesia’s efforts and results and conveying Norway’s pride in supporting the work Indonesia is doing, including and especially its FOLU Net Sink 2030 plan, through a flexible and transparent funding mechanism, the Ambassador went on to list the impressive measures the Indonesian Government has undertaken to reduce deforestation.

These include a robust monitoring system of forested lands, the implementation of a permanent moratorium on new concessions in primary forest and peatlands, improved regulatory enforcement and firefighting capacities, increased land-based productivity while drastically reducing deforestation, as well as the expansion of the social forestry program and recognizing community rights to manage forests.

Minister Nurbaya and Ambassador Giverin were both keen to point out that the new collaboration between Indonesia and Norway is a partnership of equals based on mutual trust, respect and ambition. 

Significantly, Indonesia will continue to set the strategy and manage the funds which will go some way to achieving the FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate goal. This is particularly important given that FOLU Net Sink 2030 is projected to account for nearly 60% of the country’s total emissions reduction target.

According to President Director of the IEF Djoko Hendratto, “the contribution agreement encompasses 21 items, among other things, detailing scope and activities, transparency, compliance assurance and dispute resolution." 

“Indonesia has good governance of financial management adopting international standards which are regulated comprehensively. In line with this, the implementation of the contribution agreement is based on Indonesian laws and regulations,” he added.

Good example leading into COP27

Minister Nurbaya underlined the power of ground-based concrete climate actions before once again congratulating Ambassador Giverin and Djoko on the CA and concluding her remarks. 

“We are looking forward to carrying out further concrete actions to accomplish the climate goals of our respective countries, as we continue to tackle the climate crisis on the ground level, including through the implementation of Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030.”

Ambassador Giverin wrapped up her remarks by conveying her expectations, having signed the contribution agreement. “I hope that our new partnership can give a beacon of hope to the rest of the world, and provide a good example of international cooperation leading into the COP27 climate summit that will take place next month.”

“Once again, I would like to congratulate Minister Siti Nurbaya on her impressive results. We are looking forward to working closely with you, your ministry, and the Indonesian Environment Fund in the years ahead.”

With Indonesia’s own exceptional efforts now complemented by Norway’s forthcoming contributions, the impressive results already being delivered by the country’s policy and regulatory framework for reducing emissions from the forestry and other land use sector are undoubtedly set to continue.


TAGS: FOLU NET SINK 2030 , NORWAY , REDUCED EMISSIONS

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CA signed, Norway has 10 working days to deliver USD 56m to support Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030
October 20, 2022

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Following up on the signing of their MoU (Sep 12), Indonesia and Norway signed a groundbreaking Contribution Agreement (CA) yesterday (Oct 19) to further cement their ambitious new partnership.

A ceremony to mark the occasion, held at the Manggala Wanabakti building in Jakarta, was attended, among others, by Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Norway’s Ambassador to Indonesia Rut Krüger Giverin, and President Director of the Indonesian Environment Fund (IEF) Djoko Hendratto. 

The latter two attendees signed the landmark CA while Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment, Espen Barth Eide, relayed his remarks virtually.

In the preceding MoU, signed by Ministers Nurbaya and Barth Eide last month, the two partners confirmed their intention to collaborate in a new climate partnership in support of Indonesia’s Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan, while reaffirming Norway’s support for Indonesia’s achievements in reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation through the provision of results-based contributions.

Not a mere pledge

Minister Nurbaya hailed the signing of the CA, emphasizing that it shows that the new partnership is leading by example. “This CA reflects the deliverable, tangible, and direct benefits for the community and the progress of Indonesia pursuant to the prevailing governance.”

The Minister also elaborated on the CA in the context of Indonesia’s historic relationship with Norway in climate and forest-related issues. 

“(The CA is) a new milestone marking the resumption of a solid bilateral relationship on climate and forest issues. We are aiming to build an even stronger friendship, while retaining the enthusiasm and mutual trust necessary to deliver concrete and effective climate actions on the ground.”

The minister enthusiastically cited the Indonesian President’s demand for real actions, as opposed to just words, in ensuring the realization of the partnership.

“President Joko Widodo consistently stresses the importance of concrete climate actions, a clear example of which we are witnessing together today, proving that our new bilateral climate partnership is not a mere pledge. If all we did was to make pledges, we would not be leading by example - pledges do not help our efforts to fight the climate crisis at all.”

Global leader

In his remarks, Minister Barth Eide was effusive in his praise for Indonesia’s climate change efforts: “Indonesia has become a global leader in reducing deforestation. Thanks to a comprehensive set of policies implemented by the Indonesian government, deforestation is now being reported at a 20-year low. This has global significance for our fight against climate change and provides an invaluable contribution to conserving biodiversity.”

“I am pleased to confirm that we have concluded a contribution agreement for our financial contributions for Indonesia’s achievements in reduced emissions from deforestation in support of the newly signed MoU between our two governments,” Minister Barth Eide added.

The CA will see Norway delivering within ten days of its signing an initial results-based contribution of USD 56 million in support of the ongoing implementation of Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan, specifically for independently verified emission reductions of 11.2 million tons thanks to Indonesia’s reduced deforestation and forest degradation in the forest year 2016/2017.

Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan details Indonesia’s ambitions for the forestry and land use sector to become a net sink, or climate positive, by more than 140 million tons of CO2 by the end of this decade. 

This is to be achieved by reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and carbon-rich peatlands as well as by absorbing more carbon through the restoration of forests, peatlands and mangroves.

Indonesia is set to receive further contributions for a portion of the emission reductions achieved in subsequent years as these results are reported and verified. Both partners have agreed to an MRV Protocol that outlines principles for measurement, reporting and verification, as well as robust social and environmental safeguards. 

Climate finance action

Minister Nurbaya was quick to point out, however, that the contribution amounts are secondary to the nature of the efforts being carried out. 

“The important thing is not the size of the forthcoming results-based contributions, but the fact that a climate finance action is being performed as part of a bilateral climate partnership in a comprehensive and effective manner,” she asserted.

She also highlighted the fact that Norway’s contributions under the agreement are more than matched by Indonesia’s own budget apportionment. “Indonesia allocates over USD 300 million every year from its own state budget to support its FOLU Net Sink 2030 operational plan.”

In her speech at the event, Ambassador Giverin echoed the view of her country’s Climate and Environment Minister, lauding Indonesia for its remarkable reduced deforestation efforts and feats.

“Indonesia is a global leader in reducing deforestation, reporting record low levels in the past 20 years. With this, Indonesia is delivering globally significant climate mitigation and biodiversity protection. The whole world is impressed by Indonesia’s achievements.” 

After mentioning how impressed Minister Barth Eide also is with Indonesia’s efforts and results and conveying Norway’s pride in supporting the work Indonesia is doing, including and especially its FOLU Net Sink 2030 plan, through a flexible and transparent funding mechanism, the Ambassador went on to list the impressive measures the Indonesian Government has undertaken to reduce deforestation.

These include a robust monitoring system of forested lands, the implementation of a permanent moratorium on new concessions in primary forest and peatlands, improved regulatory enforcement and firefighting capacities, increased land-based productivity while drastically reducing deforestation, as well as the expansion of the social forestry program and recognizing community rights to manage forests.

Minister Nurbaya and Ambassador Giverin were both keen to point out that the new collaboration between Indonesia and Norway is a partnership of equals based on mutual trust, respect and ambition. 

Significantly, Indonesia will continue to set the strategy and manage the funds which will go some way to achieving the FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate goal. This is particularly important given that FOLU Net Sink 2030 is projected to account for nearly 60% of the country’s total emissions reduction target.

According to President Director of the IEF Djoko Hendratto, “the contribution agreement encompasses 21 items, among other things, detailing scope and activities, transparency, compliance assurance and dispute resolution." 

“Indonesia has good governance of financial management adopting international standards which are regulated comprehensively. In line with this, the implementation of the contribution agreement is based on Indonesian laws and regulations,” he added.

Good example leading into COP27

Minister Nurbaya underlined the power of ground-based concrete climate actions before once again congratulating Ambassador Giverin and Djoko on the CA and concluding her remarks. 

“We are looking forward to carrying out further concrete actions to accomplish the climate goals of our respective countries, as we continue to tackle the climate crisis on the ground level, including through the implementation of Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030.”

Ambassador Giverin wrapped up her remarks by conveying her expectations, having signed the contribution agreement. “I hope that our new partnership can give a beacon of hope to the rest of the world, and provide a good example of international cooperation leading into the COP27 climate summit that will take place next month.”

“Once again, I would like to congratulate Minister Siti Nurbaya on her impressive results. We are looking forward to working closely with you, your ministry, and the Indonesian Environment Fund in the years ahead.”

With Indonesia’s own exceptional efforts now complemented by Norway’s forthcoming contributions, the impressive results already being delivered by the country’s policy and regulatory framework for reducing emissions from the forestry and other land use sector are undoubtedly set to continue.


TAGS: FOLU NET SINK 2030 , NORWAY , REDUCED EMISSIONS

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