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Climate partnership bearing fruit, RBP to-do list
May 28, 2020

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - The Indonesian and Norwegian governments have announced in a joint statement (May 27) that, under the leadership of Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, "deforestation and forest and peat degradation have declined for three years in a row."

This achievement, the two governments have concluded, is not down to chance or luck but due to the tireless efforts undertaken as part of the bilateral climate change partnership which has been in place for 10 years.

The joint statement was conveyed by Indonesia’s Vice Environment and Forestry Minister Alue Dohong and Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste Vegard Kaale on behalf of their respective governments.

The decline in deforestation and forest degradation took place over the three years from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019. On various occasions, Minister Nurbaya has stated that the bilateral partnership is not a deal for zero deforestation, but an effort to reduce deforestation.

The joint statement also confirms that the reduction in deforestation and forest degradation in a time series reflects how much Minister Nurbaya and the ministry have prioritized these efforts during these years, such that the "Indonesian government can now demonstrate substantial emission reductions for three consecutive years."

The bilateral climate partnership mentioned in the joint statement is unquestionably bearing fruit given the results achieved in the form of substantially reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

As previously reported by foresthints.news (May 20), Minister Nurbaya wrote to President Joko Widodo (May 18) to explain, among other things, that the first results-based payment (RBP) for reduced deforestation and forest degradation (for the 2016/2017 period) amounts to USD56 million and is expected to be paid in June this year.

In response, the President called the minister (May 20) to order that this first results-based payment be used for community-based environmental and forestry recovery programs, including the revitalization of sustainable local economies.

Below is a graph showing the relatively stable rate of deforestation from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019, indicating a marked decrease in deforestation compared to 2015/2016. The next graph shows the trend of deforestation over the past eight years.

Performance-based payments

In the joint statement, both governments stressed that they remain in intense dialogue with regard to performance-based payments for Indonesia’s accomplishments in reducing deforestation and forest degradation over the three years in question.

With reference to the official letter from Minister Nurbaya to President Widodo, the level of these performance-based payments can be seen from the realization of the results-based payment from Norway to Indonesia for reducing deforestation in 2016/2017, to be followed by payments for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 periods.

With respect to these performance-based payments, the minister also wrote in her letter to the President that the Norwegian government is preparing to pay for the reduction in deforestation and forest degradation in 2016/2017.

The signing of the newly-amended Letter of Intent (LoI), as explained in Minister Nurbaya's letter to President Widodo, is expected to take place this June, together with the delivery of the first results-based payment of USD56 million. The bilateral climate change partnership with Norway will thus mark its 10-year anniversary under the auspices of the new LoI.

As to the stakeholders involved in the implementation of the partnership over the past decade, the Indonesian and Norwegian governments, in their joint statement, applauded the strong support they have received from communities, civil society and academic institutions, both domestically and internationally, and extended their sincere gratitude to all concerned.


TAGS: LOI , NORWAY , CLIMATE CHANGE

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POLICY

Climate partnership bearing fruit, RBP to-do list
May 28, 2020

facebookfinal.png wafinal.png twitterfinal.png emailfinal.png

JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - The Indonesian and Norwegian governments have announced in a joint statement (May 27) that, under the leadership of Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, "deforestation and forest and peat degradation have declined for three years in a row."

This achievement, the two governments have concluded, is not down to chance or luck but due to the tireless efforts undertaken as part of the bilateral climate change partnership which has been in place for 10 years.

The joint statement was conveyed by Indonesia’s Vice Environment and Forestry Minister Alue Dohong and Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste Vegard Kaale on behalf of their respective governments.

The decline in deforestation and forest degradation took place over the three years from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019. On various occasions, Minister Nurbaya has stated that the bilateral partnership is not a deal for zero deforestation, but an effort to reduce deforestation.

The joint statement also confirms that the reduction in deforestation and forest degradation in a time series reflects how much Minister Nurbaya and the ministry have prioritized these efforts during these years, such that the "Indonesian government can now demonstrate substantial emission reductions for three consecutive years."

The bilateral climate partnership mentioned in the joint statement is unquestionably bearing fruit given the results achieved in the form of substantially reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

As previously reported by foresthints.news (May 20), Minister Nurbaya wrote to President Joko Widodo (May 18) to explain, among other things, that the first results-based payment (RBP) for reduced deforestation and forest degradation (for the 2016/2017 period) amounts to USD56 million and is expected to be paid in June this year.

In response, the President called the minister (May 20) to order that this first results-based payment be used for community-based environmental and forestry recovery programs, including the revitalization of sustainable local economies.

Below is a graph showing the relatively stable rate of deforestation from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019, indicating a marked decrease in deforestation compared to 2015/2016. The next graph shows the trend of deforestation over the past eight years.

Performance-based payments

In the joint statement, both governments stressed that they remain in intense dialogue with regard to performance-based payments for Indonesia’s accomplishments in reducing deforestation and forest degradation over the three years in question.

With reference to the official letter from Minister Nurbaya to President Widodo, the level of these performance-based payments can be seen from the realization of the results-based payment from Norway to Indonesia for reducing deforestation in 2016/2017, to be followed by payments for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 periods.

With respect to these performance-based payments, the minister also wrote in her letter to the President that the Norwegian government is preparing to pay for the reduction in deforestation and forest degradation in 2016/2017.

The signing of the newly-amended Letter of Intent (LoI), as explained in Minister Nurbaya's letter to President Widodo, is expected to take place this June, together with the delivery of the first results-based payment of USD56 million. The bilateral climate change partnership with Norway will thus mark its 10-year anniversary under the auspices of the new LoI.

As to the stakeholders involved in the implementation of the partnership over the past decade, the Indonesian and Norwegian governments, in their joint statement, applauded the strong support they have received from communities, civil society and academic institutions, both domestically and internationally, and extended their sincere gratitude to all concerned.


TAGS: LOI , NORWAY , CLIMATE CHANGE

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