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Lord Goldsmith hails Indonesia's peat protection, restoration efforts
December 15, 2022

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - A milestone event titled International Workshop on the Protection and Management of Peatland Ecosystems: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learnt from Indonesia is being held in Pekanbaru, Riau from 13-15 December. Attended by representatives from 14 countries as well as various international institutions, participants have had the opportunity to learn from Indonesia's vast experience and success in managing peatlands.

Participating virtually (13 Dec), Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya delivered an opening speech in which she pointed out that Indonesia had been regulating the management of peatlands since 1990 but the forest and land fires that occurred in 2015 marked a turning point in the formulation of stronger policies, implementation of improvements and restoration, and law enforcement related to peatlands.

"Our reforms have had an impact on the implementation of policies on the ground in a short time. Thank God, in doing this Indonesia has managed to avoid disastrous haze in recent years," Minister Nurbaya stressed in her comments.

Riau Province, where the workshop is taking place, usually experiences haze from forest and land fires, along with the nearby countries of Malaysia and Singapore, but is now an example of the successful implementation of peat management policies in Indonesia.

In a video message recorded especially for the event, UK Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment, Lord Zac Goldsmith, lauded the efforts undertaken by Minister Nurbaya to restore and safeguard her nation’s peatlands.

“I had the huge privilege of visiting Indonesia earlier this year where I was able to see for myself all the really extraordinary work being led by Her Excellency Ibu Siti Nurbaya. Minister Nurbaya emphasized very strongly to me the need to repair and protect our peatlands if we're to have any chance of getting our emissions under control.”

During an official visit to Indonesia in late October this year by Lord Goldsmith, the two ministers agreed to a new bilateral climate partnership, as laid out in a landmark MoU intended to support Indonesia's Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 - as reported on at the time by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Oct 22)

Indonesia has made peatland restoration and the prevention of peatland fires one of the main focuses of its Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan.

Lord Goldsmith emphasized the huge importance of the world’s peatlands. “From the tropics to the poles, spanning at least 175 countries, peatlands cover around 3% of the world's land area. Among other things, they clean our water, they keep billions of tons of carbon locked in the ground, and they provide unique habitats.”

The UK Minister duly recognized the crucial role being played by Indonesia in peatland conservation. “With its abundance of peatlands, Indonesia is now leading the world in peatland protection and restoration,” he asserted.

“You've taken a really bold decision to ban the issuance of new permits to clear primary forests and peatlands covering a staggering 66 million hectares and you've set challenging targets on restoration, both of peatlands and mangroves, creating a dedicated agency, BRGM, to meet that challenge,” Lord Goldsmith added.

The UK Minister was referring to the widely-acclaimed permanent moratorium on the development of primary forests and peatlands signed by President Joko Widodo in August 2019, as covered by FORESTHINTS.NEWS, along with the Indonesian Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) which was established in January 2016 and later incorporated mangrove rehabilitation in January 2020 to become BRGM.

“I believe that over one million hectares of peatlands have already been restored in Indonesia and you're on course to plant a record 600,000 hectares of new mangroves,” Lord Goldsmith enthused.

Importance of collaboration

In her remarks, Minister Nurbaya elaborated on a series of achievements notched up by Indonesia with regard to its extensive peat restoration efforts, including the inventorizing and mapping of peat areas, the hydrological restoration of degraded peatlands through canal blocking, as well as the involvement of local communities in peatland ecosystem protection.

The Minister described how a variety of issues related to the environment and climate, such as stopping biodiversity loss, resource efficiency and the circular economy, and land degradation, had been discussed in the environment and climate working groups of the G20 under Indonesia’s Presidency.

“On the 15th of November 2022, at the conclusion of the G20 leaders’ meeting, the G20 leaders acknowledged that wetland ecosystems in all their diversity, including peatlands, support climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts,” she said.

Lord Goldsmith, meanwhile, touched on the new stage of the UK’s collaboration with Indonesia. 

“As the UK enters a new phase in our partnership with Indonesia, we'll be looking for more ways we can support Indonesia's ambitious plan to make its forest and land use sector a net sink for carbon by 2030 through investment and multi-stakeholder collaborations. We're really excited about coming in behind your bold vision.”

Lord Goldsmith also spoke about his own country's peatland situation. "The UK is also one of the world's major peat nations with peatlands spanning the country and iconic landscapes from northern Scotland to Dartmoor," he explained.

“In England's southwest, we're home to 10% of Europe's peatland area and we've taken our own steps, investing over £50 million to restore tens of thousands of hectares by 2025 as part of the national Nature Recovery Network,” Lord Goldsmith continued, before expressing optimism about the two countries’ collaborative peatland conservation efforts.

“Working together, I know we will succeed in facilitating the protection, restoration and sustainable management of our precious peatland landscapes. I wish you all the best for this hugely important meeting and I thank you once again for your leadership.”

Minister Nurbaya echoed the UK Minister’s optimism and view of the importance of collaboration, stating, “It is necessary to share experiences and exchange lessons learnt. I am hopeful today’s workshop will gather and unify our collective support towards the protection and management of peatland ecosystems, bearing in mind that this cannot be achieved by a single individual, country, organization or institution. 

“We need to work hand-in-hand in collaboration, by putting forward global action in a comprehensive strategy,” she emphasized.

TAGS: PEATLANDS , FOLU NET SINK 2030 , CLIMATE ACTIONS

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Lord Goldsmith hails Indonesia's peat protection, restoration efforts
December 15, 2022

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - A milestone event titled International Workshop on the Protection and Management of Peatland Ecosystems: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learnt from Indonesia is being held in Pekanbaru, Riau from 13-15 December. Attended by representatives from 14 countries as well as various international institutions, participants have had the opportunity to learn from Indonesia's vast experience and success in managing peatlands.

Participating virtually (13 Dec), Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya delivered an opening speech in which she pointed out that Indonesia had been regulating the management of peatlands since 1990 but the forest and land fires that occurred in 2015 marked a turning point in the formulation of stronger policies, implementation of improvements and restoration, and law enforcement related to peatlands.

"Our reforms have had an impact on the implementation of policies on the ground in a short time. Thank God, in doing this Indonesia has managed to avoid disastrous haze in recent years," Minister Nurbaya stressed in her comments.

Riau Province, where the workshop is taking place, usually experiences haze from forest and land fires, along with the nearby countries of Malaysia and Singapore, but is now an example of the successful implementation of peat management policies in Indonesia.

In a video message recorded especially for the event, UK Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment, Lord Zac Goldsmith, lauded the efforts undertaken by Minister Nurbaya to restore and safeguard her nation’s peatlands.

“I had the huge privilege of visiting Indonesia earlier this year where I was able to see for myself all the really extraordinary work being led by Her Excellency Ibu Siti Nurbaya. Minister Nurbaya emphasized very strongly to me the need to repair and protect our peatlands if we're to have any chance of getting our emissions under control.”

During an official visit to Indonesia in late October this year by Lord Goldsmith, the two ministers agreed to a new bilateral climate partnership, as laid out in a landmark MoU intended to support Indonesia's Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 - as reported on at the time by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Oct 22)

Indonesia has made peatland restoration and the prevention of peatland fires one of the main focuses of its Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan.

Lord Goldsmith emphasized the huge importance of the world’s peatlands. “From the tropics to the poles, spanning at least 175 countries, peatlands cover around 3% of the world's land area. Among other things, they clean our water, they keep billions of tons of carbon locked in the ground, and they provide unique habitats.”

The UK Minister duly recognized the crucial role being played by Indonesia in peatland conservation. “With its abundance of peatlands, Indonesia is now leading the world in peatland protection and restoration,” he asserted.

“You've taken a really bold decision to ban the issuance of new permits to clear primary forests and peatlands covering a staggering 66 million hectares and you've set challenging targets on restoration, both of peatlands and mangroves, creating a dedicated agency, BRGM, to meet that challenge,” Lord Goldsmith added.

The UK Minister was referring to the widely-acclaimed permanent moratorium on the development of primary forests and peatlands signed by President Joko Widodo in August 2019, as covered by FORESTHINTS.NEWS, along with the Indonesian Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) which was established in January 2016 and later incorporated mangrove rehabilitation in January 2020 to become BRGM.

“I believe that over one million hectares of peatlands have already been restored in Indonesia and you're on course to plant a record 600,000 hectares of new mangroves,” Lord Goldsmith enthused.

Importance of collaboration

In her remarks, Minister Nurbaya elaborated on a series of achievements notched up by Indonesia with regard to its extensive peat restoration efforts, including the inventorizing and mapping of peat areas, the hydrological restoration of degraded peatlands through canal blocking, as well as the involvement of local communities in peatland ecosystem protection.

The Minister described how a variety of issues related to the environment and climate, such as stopping biodiversity loss, resource efficiency and the circular economy, and land degradation, had been discussed in the environment and climate working groups of the G20 under Indonesia’s Presidency.

“On the 15th of November 2022, at the conclusion of the G20 leaders’ meeting, the G20 leaders acknowledged that wetland ecosystems in all their diversity, including peatlands, support climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts,” she said.

Lord Goldsmith, meanwhile, touched on the new stage of the UK’s collaboration with Indonesia. 

“As the UK enters a new phase in our partnership with Indonesia, we'll be looking for more ways we can support Indonesia's ambitious plan to make its forest and land use sector a net sink for carbon by 2030 through investment and multi-stakeholder collaborations. We're really excited about coming in behind your bold vision.”

Lord Goldsmith also spoke about his own country's peatland situation. "The UK is also one of the world's major peat nations with peatlands spanning the country and iconic landscapes from northern Scotland to Dartmoor," he explained.

“In England's southwest, we're home to 10% of Europe's peatland area and we've taken our own steps, investing over £50 million to restore tens of thousands of hectares by 2025 as part of the national Nature Recovery Network,” Lord Goldsmith continued, before expressing optimism about the two countries’ collaborative peatland conservation efforts.

“Working together, I know we will succeed in facilitating the protection, restoration and sustainable management of our precious peatland landscapes. I wish you all the best for this hugely important meeting and I thank you once again for your leadership.”

Minister Nurbaya echoed the UK Minister’s optimism and view of the importance of collaboration, stating, “It is necessary to share experiences and exchange lessons learnt. I am hopeful today’s workshop will gather and unify our collective support towards the protection and management of peatland ecosystems, bearing in mind that this cannot be achieved by a single individual, country, organization or institution. 

“We need to work hand-in-hand in collaboration, by putting forward global action in a comprehensive strategy,” she emphasized.

TAGS: PEATLANDS , FOLU NET SINK 2030 , CLIMATE ACTIONS

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