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Indonesia welcomes US back to Paris Climate Accord
January 21, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - The Indonesian government, through Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, has expressed its enthusiasm at the US government re-joining the Paris Agreement under the leadership of newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden.

When former US President Donald Trump declared the country’s exit from the Paris Agreement, Minister Nurbaya responded by emphasizing that Indonesia remained firmly in the climate accord, as reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS in early June 2017.

"Strong leadership is essential for committing to and implementing the Paris Agreement. To remain in this corridor really requires consistency in tackling the climate crisis,” she told FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Jan 21).

According to Minister Nurbaya, we are all extremely handicapped in the present situation in that all available resources are needed to fight the global pandemic and ensure economic recovery, both of which have to be done in an aligned manner. 

She added that despite the current circumstances, there should be no slacking in ongoing efforts with everyone working as hard as possible to play a substantial role as part of the solution to overcoming the climate crisis.

"The new US leadership has swiftly taken an historical step to rejoin the Paris Agreement. In this case, Indonesia and the US are now on the same path to strengthening bilateral ties in response to the climate crisis," said Minister Nurbaya.

The peat forests seen below are part of the Leuser Ecosystem which spans an area more than 30 times the size of New York. This ecosystem, which is host to various flagship species such as Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos, makes up a significant part of the area covered by the permanent primary forest and peatland moratorium signed by President Joko Widodo in August 2019.



Clear contribution

Indonesia has proven its capacity to store huge carbon stocks and absorb a certain amount of emissions through its permanent moratorium areas which encompass more than 66 million hectares, or 35% of the country's land area - equivalent to twice the size of the UK or larger than France.

Indonesia also continues to successfully bring down emissions by reducing deforestation and forest degradation under the leadership of President Widodo and Minister Nurbaya. 

Thanks to these efforts, the Norwegian government announced in early July last year the first results-based payment for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the country in 2016-2017.

In addition to this achievement, Indonesia also received a results-based payment from the Global Climate Fund (GCF) for the country's success in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation from 2014-2016, which was officially announced at an event in late August last year. 

"The extent of Indonesia's contribution to reducing as well as absorbing emissions, as part of the global response to the climate crisis, is clear, measurable and internationally verified," Minister Nurbaya enthused.

Time-series evidence, she continued, demonstrates that implementing efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation was a deliberate decision taken under the leadership of President Widodo.

"Indonesia is moving ahead consistently, especially by prioritizing the permanent moratorium map and reducing deforestation and forest degradation to the most achievable level possible," Minister Nurbaya explained in her closing statement.


TAGS: CLIMATE CRISIS , PARIS AGREEMENT , EMISSIONS

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POLICY

Indonesia welcomes US back to Paris Climate Accord
January 21, 2021

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

JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - The Indonesian government, through Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, has expressed its enthusiasm at the US government re-joining the Paris Agreement under the leadership of newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden.

When former US President Donald Trump declared the country’s exit from the Paris Agreement, Minister Nurbaya responded by emphasizing that Indonesia remained firmly in the climate accord, as reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS in early June 2017.

"Strong leadership is essential for committing to and implementing the Paris Agreement. To remain in this corridor really requires consistency in tackling the climate crisis,” she told FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Jan 21).

According to Minister Nurbaya, we are all extremely handicapped in the present situation in that all available resources are needed to fight the global pandemic and ensure economic recovery, both of which have to be done in an aligned manner. 

She added that despite the current circumstances, there should be no slacking in ongoing efforts with everyone working as hard as possible to play a substantial role as part of the solution to overcoming the climate crisis.

"The new US leadership has swiftly taken an historical step to rejoin the Paris Agreement. In this case, Indonesia and the US are now on the same path to strengthening bilateral ties in response to the climate crisis," said Minister Nurbaya.

The peat forests seen below are part of the Leuser Ecosystem which spans an area more than 30 times the size of New York. This ecosystem, which is host to various flagship species such as Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos, makes up a significant part of the area covered by the permanent primary forest and peatland moratorium signed by President Joko Widodo in August 2019.



Clear contribution

Indonesia has proven its capacity to store huge carbon stocks and absorb a certain amount of emissions through its permanent moratorium areas which encompass more than 66 million hectares, or 35% of the country's land area - equivalent to twice the size of the UK or larger than France.

Indonesia also continues to successfully bring down emissions by reducing deforestation and forest degradation under the leadership of President Widodo and Minister Nurbaya. 

Thanks to these efforts, the Norwegian government announced in early July last year the first results-based payment for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the country in 2016-2017.

In addition to this achievement, Indonesia also received a results-based payment from the Global Climate Fund (GCF) for the country's success in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation from 2014-2016, which was officially announced at an event in late August last year. 

"The extent of Indonesia's contribution to reducing as well as absorbing emissions, as part of the global response to the climate crisis, is clear, measurable and internationally verified," Minister Nurbaya enthused.

Time-series evidence, she continued, demonstrates that implementing efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation was a deliberate decision taken under the leadership of President Widodo.

"Indonesia is moving ahead consistently, especially by prioritizing the permanent moratorium map and reducing deforestation and forest degradation to the most achievable level possible," Minister Nurbaya explained in her closing statement.


TAGS: CLIMATE CRISIS , PARIS AGREEMENT , EMISSIONS

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