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Ground-based evidence showcases much lower fire emissions during El Niño
November 22, 2023

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has emphasized that the country's success in tackling peat fires during this year's El Niño season is proven by ground-based evidence, and does not merely rely on one-sided claims. One notable success story emerges from Sumatra's Jambi province.

The Minister described the province's achievements as the result of diligent efforts through solid collaborations among various stakeholders and at different levels of government. These collaborations include peat restoration efforts, social forestry activities, and swift actions taken in response to forest and land fires.

Minister Nurbaya shared these insights while conducting on-site inspections at various locations in Jambi province on November 20, accompanied by Norwegian Ambassador Rut Krüger Giverin, BRGM (Peat and Mangrove Restoration Agency) Head Hartono, Jambi Governor Al Haris and BPDLH (Indonesian Environmental Fund) President Director Joko Tri Haryanto.

The Minister said that during the El Niño event of 2015, forest and land fires in Jambi covered more than 115 thousand hectares, with over 53% of this burned area experiencing peat fires.

The El Niño event in 2019, she continued, saw a significant decrease in incidents of forest and land fires compared to 2015, with slightly more than 55 thousand hectares affected, of which less than 43% were subject to peat fires.

"During this year's El Niño, Jambi experienced an even sharper decline in forest and land fires, totaling only about 6 thousand hectares, with peat burned areas accounting for only 2.2%," the Minister explained.

Minister Nurbaya presented chart to underline why Jambi is recognized as one of the provinces contributing to Indonesia’s success in handling peat fires induced by El Niño this year.

The Minister pointed out that, besides Jambi, Sumatra's Riau province also stands out as a major peat-rich area, demonstrating great success in substantially decreasing emissions from peat fires during this year's El Niño season.

As recently reported by FORESHINTS.NEWS (Nov 15), Minister Nurbaya revealed that Indonesian fire emissions are currently below average, aligning with data provided by CAMS, the European Union's Earth observation program.

Given its below average fire emissions this El Niño season, Indonesia has growing confidence in its ability to successfully meet its Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 climate goals.

“Jambi is one of the provinces with the lowest contributions to Indonesian fire emissions during this year's El Niño season, considering its extremely low level of burned peat areas,” the Minister elaborated.

Minister Nurbaya stressed that the role of BRGM in enhancing community-based peat restoration efforts through collaborations with relevant stakeholders has been integral to Jambi's success story.

"Our success story in lowering emissions from peat fires is also thanks to the prideworthy leadership and political will shown by Governor Al Haris," she affirmed.

The Minister also expressed her appreciation for the climate finance support provided by BPDLH in channeling funds to Jambi for community-based peat restoration and social forestry activities, making the province the country's largest recipient of such funding.

First-hand evidence

In various field discussions held with community groups and relevant stakeholders, Ambassador Rut highlighted, among other insights, that she had personally observed first-hand evidence of reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the FOLU sector.

The noteworthy reductions are attributed to a decrease in peat fires, the implementation of efficient peat restoration efforts, and the success of social forestry programs.

September last year, Indonesia and Norway jointly announced a new partnership focused on climate and forest initiatives, aligning with and supporting Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate goals.

“Norway is greatly appreciative of the strong leadership demonstrated by Minister Siti Nurbaya in ensuring the effective implementation of this new partnership,” Ambassador Rut stated.

“I am currently on a field trip in Jambi, one of Indonesia's most peat-rich provinces, alongside Minister Nurbaya. I'm learning in person here about numerous success stories, particularly regarding the reduction of emissions due to fewer peat fires and the advancement of social forestry programs.”

Ambassador Rut added that she would be sure to share these various success stories from Indonesia with relevant global stakeholders.

TAGS: FOLU NET SINK 2030 , FIRE EMISIIONS , PEAT FIRES

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Ground-based evidence showcases much lower fire emissions during El Niño
November 22, 2023

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has emphasized that the country's success in tackling peat fires during this year's El Niño season is proven by ground-based evidence, and does not merely rely on one-sided claims. One notable success story emerges from Sumatra's Jambi province.

The Minister described the province's achievements as the result of diligent efforts through solid collaborations among various stakeholders and at different levels of government. These collaborations include peat restoration efforts, social forestry activities, and swift actions taken in response to forest and land fires.

Minister Nurbaya shared these insights while conducting on-site inspections at various locations in Jambi province on November 20, accompanied by Norwegian Ambassador Rut Krüger Giverin, BRGM (Peat and Mangrove Restoration Agency) Head Hartono, Jambi Governor Al Haris and BPDLH (Indonesian Environmental Fund) President Director Joko Tri Haryanto.

The Minister said that during the El Niño event of 2015, forest and land fires in Jambi covered more than 115 thousand hectares, with over 53% of this burned area experiencing peat fires.

The El Niño event in 2019, she continued, saw a significant decrease in incidents of forest and land fires compared to 2015, with slightly more than 55 thousand hectares affected, of which less than 43% were subject to peat fires.

"During this year's El Niño, Jambi experienced an even sharper decline in forest and land fires, totaling only about 6 thousand hectares, with peat burned areas accounting for only 2.2%," the Minister explained.

Minister Nurbaya presented chart to underline why Jambi is recognized as one of the provinces contributing to Indonesia’s success in handling peat fires induced by El Niño this year.

The Minister pointed out that, besides Jambi, Sumatra's Riau province also stands out as a major peat-rich area, demonstrating great success in substantially decreasing emissions from peat fires during this year's El Niño season.

As recently reported by FORESHINTS.NEWS (Nov 15), Minister Nurbaya revealed that Indonesian fire emissions are currently below average, aligning with data provided by CAMS, the European Union's Earth observation program.

Given its below average fire emissions this El Niño season, Indonesia has growing confidence in its ability to successfully meet its Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 climate goals.

“Jambi is one of the provinces with the lowest contributions to Indonesian fire emissions during this year's El Niño season, considering its extremely low level of burned peat areas,” the Minister elaborated.

Minister Nurbaya stressed that the role of BRGM in enhancing community-based peat restoration efforts through collaborations with relevant stakeholders has been integral to Jambi's success story.

"Our success story in lowering emissions from peat fires is also thanks to the prideworthy leadership and political will shown by Governor Al Haris," she affirmed.

The Minister also expressed her appreciation for the climate finance support provided by BPDLH in channeling funds to Jambi for community-based peat restoration and social forestry activities, making the province the country's largest recipient of such funding.

First-hand evidence

In various field discussions held with community groups and relevant stakeholders, Ambassador Rut highlighted, among other insights, that she had personally observed first-hand evidence of reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the FOLU sector.

The noteworthy reductions are attributed to a decrease in peat fires, the implementation of efficient peat restoration efforts, and the success of social forestry programs.

September last year, Indonesia and Norway jointly announced a new partnership focused on climate and forest initiatives, aligning with and supporting Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate goals.

“Norway is greatly appreciative of the strong leadership demonstrated by Minister Siti Nurbaya in ensuring the effective implementation of this new partnership,” Ambassador Rut stated.

“I am currently on a field trip in Jambi, one of Indonesia's most peat-rich provinces, alongside Minister Nurbaya. I'm learning in person here about numerous success stories, particularly regarding the reduction of emissions due to fewer peat fires and the advancement of social forestry programs.”

Ambassador Rut added that she would be sure to share these various success stories from Indonesia with relevant global stakeholders.

TAGS: FOLU NET SINK 2030 , FIRE EMISIIONS , PEAT FIRES

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