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Indonesia making efforts to strengthen new climate partnership with US
May 24, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesia has expressed wholehearted support for efforts aimed at strengthening a new bilateral climate partnership with the US. 

The country's Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya conveyed this in writing (May 20) in response to a letter from the US Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry (Apr 27) in which he wrote, among other things, that the ‘bilateral relationship between our two countries is strong and growing’.

Minister Nurbaya added that reinforcing a new climate partnership with the US is among Indonesia's bilateral climate priorities.

“On our part, alignments continue to be undertaken in an attempt to strengthen a new bilateral climate partnership between Indonesia and the US,” the minister told FORESTHINTS.NEWS in a climate update discussion at her official residence (May 20). 

According to Minister Nurbaya, the areas of focus as part of efforts to strengthen a new bilateral climate partnership with the US include climate ambitions, NDCs, net zero goals, ecosystems and natural capital, renewable energy and energy transitions, and finance.

“The bottom line in my response was to assert that efforts are ongoing to enhance our climate ambitions by seeking a strong level of alignment,” she said.

Serious partnership 

Minister Nurbaya said her efforts are in support of measures taken by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan who in recent months has also engaged in climate policy communications with the US presidential envoy.

“In terms of substance, as the national focal point to the UNFCCC, I am continuing of course to ensure that executable measures are carried out to address climate change issues,” she said

“These must primarily be in line with the Indonesian constitution and have a legal basis that takes into consideration various international requirements, both legally binding and as a public preference,” the minister asserted.

“Fundamentally, Indonesia is very serious about building and strengthening this new bilateral climate partnership with the US,” she affirmed.

The first chart below shows the trend in Indonesia’s deforestation from 2011/2012 to 2019/2020, while the second chart depicts the total level of forest cover in the country (2019/2020), of which 90.1 million hectares, or around 3.7 times the size of the UK, is composed of natural forest cover.





In early August 2019, President Joko Widodo signed a permanent moratorium banning the conversion of more than 66 million hectares of primary forests and peatlands, an area larger than that of the UK and Norway combined. The areas included in the permanent moratorium map form a significant part of Indonesia’s total natural forest cover.

LEAF initiative, long-term synergies 

Minister Nurbaya pointed out in the climate update discussion that ongoing efforts to align with the LEAF initiative are also part of her move to strengthen a new climate partnership with the US.

The minister said that Indonesia's decision not to join the LEAF initiative is not final, but it cannot be adopted yet as various technicalities and legalities are still being aligned.

"With regard to the LEAF initiative, my team is continuing with technical and legal alignment efforts, so for now Indonesia is not yet able to move forward with the initiative. These alignments are ongoing," she explained.

“I am confident that a strong level of alignment will be achieved by Indonesia with respect to the LEAF initiative, the basis of which is to ensure long-term synergies,” Minister Nurbaya elaborated. 

“Indonesia”, she continued, “is very open about international efforts to protect tropical forests given the significant stake it has in their preservation.”

“However, as the government, in order to guarantee these long-term synergies, we need to sort out the technical and legal issues in terms of alignment with the LEAF initiative,” the minister reiterated.

In the last part of the discussion session, Minister Nurbaya stressed that "we are not working and talking for short-term goals. On the contrary, it's crucial to create strong alignments so that we can achieve long-term synergies and strengthen bilateral climate partnerships, in this case with the US."

Indonesia’s tropical natural forests not only play a role in the carbon sequestration and storage needed to tackle the climate crisis, but are also home to a multitude of unique wildlife. This includes Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos, and the newly-discovered Tapanuli orangutan species, as well as Bornean orangutans and Javan rhinos.


TAGS: CLIMATE CHANGE , TROPICAL FORESTS , DEFORESTATION

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Indonesia making efforts to strengthen new climate partnership with US
May 24, 2021

facebookfinal.png wafinal.png twitterfinal.png emailfinal.png
JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesia has expressed wholehearted support for efforts aimed at strengthening a new bilateral climate partnership with the US. 

The country's Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya conveyed this in writing (May 20) in response to a letter from the US Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry (Apr 27) in which he wrote, among other things, that the ‘bilateral relationship between our two countries is strong and growing’.

Minister Nurbaya added that reinforcing a new climate partnership with the US is among Indonesia's bilateral climate priorities.

“On our part, alignments continue to be undertaken in an attempt to strengthen a new bilateral climate partnership between Indonesia and the US,” the minister told FORESTHINTS.NEWS in a climate update discussion at her official residence (May 20). 

According to Minister Nurbaya, the areas of focus as part of efforts to strengthen a new bilateral climate partnership with the US include climate ambitions, NDCs, net zero goals, ecosystems and natural capital, renewable energy and energy transitions, and finance.

“The bottom line in my response was to assert that efforts are ongoing to enhance our climate ambitions by seeking a strong level of alignment,” she said.

Serious partnership 

Minister Nurbaya said her efforts are in support of measures taken by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan who in recent months has also engaged in climate policy communications with the US presidential envoy.

“In terms of substance, as the national focal point to the UNFCCC, I am continuing of course to ensure that executable measures are carried out to address climate change issues,” she said

“These must primarily be in line with the Indonesian constitution and have a legal basis that takes into consideration various international requirements, both legally binding and as a public preference,” the minister asserted.

“Fundamentally, Indonesia is very serious about building and strengthening this new bilateral climate partnership with the US,” she affirmed.

The first chart below shows the trend in Indonesia’s deforestation from 2011/2012 to 2019/2020, while the second chart depicts the total level of forest cover in the country (2019/2020), of which 90.1 million hectares, or around 3.7 times the size of the UK, is composed of natural forest cover.





In early August 2019, President Joko Widodo signed a permanent moratorium banning the conversion of more than 66 million hectares of primary forests and peatlands, an area larger than that of the UK and Norway combined. The areas included in the permanent moratorium map form a significant part of Indonesia’s total natural forest cover.

LEAF initiative, long-term synergies 

Minister Nurbaya pointed out in the climate update discussion that ongoing efforts to align with the LEAF initiative are also part of her move to strengthen a new climate partnership with the US.

The minister said that Indonesia's decision not to join the LEAF initiative is not final, but it cannot be adopted yet as various technicalities and legalities are still being aligned.

"With regard to the LEAF initiative, my team is continuing with technical and legal alignment efforts, so for now Indonesia is not yet able to move forward with the initiative. These alignments are ongoing," she explained.

“I am confident that a strong level of alignment will be achieved by Indonesia with respect to the LEAF initiative, the basis of which is to ensure long-term synergies,” Minister Nurbaya elaborated. 

“Indonesia”, she continued, “is very open about international efforts to protect tropical forests given the significant stake it has in their preservation.”

“However, as the government, in order to guarantee these long-term synergies, we need to sort out the technical and legal issues in terms of alignment with the LEAF initiative,” the minister reiterated.

In the last part of the discussion session, Minister Nurbaya stressed that "we are not working and talking for short-term goals. On the contrary, it's crucial to create strong alignments so that we can achieve long-term synergies and strengthen bilateral climate partnerships, in this case with the US."

Indonesia’s tropical natural forests not only play a role in the carbon sequestration and storage needed to tackle the climate crisis, but are also home to a multitude of unique wildlife. This includes Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos, and the newly-discovered Tapanuli orangutan species, as well as Bornean orangutans and Javan rhinos.


TAGS: CLIMATE CHANGE , TROPICAL FORESTS , DEFORESTATION

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