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New MoU signed by Indonesia and UK to support FOLU Net Sink 2030
October 22, 2022

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - The Indonesian Government through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and the United Kingdom through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) agreed a new bilateral climate partnership on Saturday (22/10/2022).

The partnership, as laid out in a landmark MoU signed by Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya and Minister of State for Asia, Energy, Climate and Environment UK Lord Goldsmith, is aimed at supporting Indonesia's Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030.

Lord Goldsmith is on a visit to Indonesia from 22 to 24 October 2022, having prioritized the country as among the first he has visited in his official capacity, given its standing as G20 President along with its size and resources, all of which make it a key country on the world stage in addressing climate change.

“This is my first official visit to Indonesia as Minister for Asia, Energy, Climate and the Environment. Indonesia plays a major role in ensuring that all commitments set out in the G20 agenda are met, including the energy transition, as we strive to address the increasing impacts of climate change and keep the Paris Agreement temperature targets within reach,” Lord Goldsmith said upon arrival.

Minister Nurbaya hailed the signing of the historic MoU as a means to build a stronger friendship between the two nations and deliver tangible and impactful climate actions on the ground. 

“We are determined to work together to serve as role models and support the achievement of our global and national climate commitments. In doing so, we will also ensure sustainable and inclusive economic development. In this light, this MoU indeed represents a great milestone for the 2022-2024 Indonesia-UK Partnership Roadmap.”

The visit also reflects the growing significance of the partnership between the countries, including and especially on climate. Lord Goldsmith was effusive in his praise of Indonesia and its leadership. 

“Indonesia has shown true, global leadership on climate and forests with deforestation in decline, enhanced protection for 66 million hectares of primary forest and peatland, and an ambitious plan to be a net sink for carbon by 2030.”

“All (the achievements were) secured under the government of President Joko Widodo with your leadership, Minister Nurbaya. I’d like to pay personal tribute to your tireless work to enhance the sustainable management of Indonesia’s tropical forests. This is a service to Indonesia, and, of course, a service to the world,” he added.

Shared commitment

Home to the third largest expanse of tropical forest in the world, which sustains communities across the country and is an essential component in greenhouse gas emission absorption, Indonesia made its mark at COP26 where President Joko Widodo delivered a very well-received speech on forestry and land use at the World Leaders’ Summit.

Minister Nurbaya acknowledged the two countries’ shared commitment to addressing global concerns on climate, biodiversity and nature, as exemplified by the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between Indonesia and the United Kingdom on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade in Timber Products (FLEGT).

The Minister went on to detail the ways in which the MoU would deliver concrete and effective climate actions, by:

  • Promoting cooperation aligned with Indonesia’s leading role in FLEGT VPA UK and Indonesia’s ambition to achieve net sink for the FOLU sector by 2030;
  • Promoting the Indonesian Certification of Sustainable Forest Management; and
  • Enhancing collaboration and sharing best practices to strengthen the capacities of relevant stakeholders.

Various initiatives

Meanwhile, Lord Goldsmith also reaffirmed the rich history the countries share in cooperating on forestry, good governance, sustainable trade and low carbon development.    

He was particularly enthusiastic about various initiatives in Indonesia, citing the following:

  • Plans to make forests and other landscapes a ‘net sink’ for carbon by 2030;
  • Rehabilitating essential ecosystems like mangroves and peatland and protecting Indonesia’s unique biodiversity;
  • Emphasising sustainable, community-based forest management through the pioneering social forestry programme;
  • Strengthening protections for forests through transparent governance, including for adat communities; and
  • Establishing a new environment fund to boost investment in this vital work. 

“The UK appreciates and shares Indonesia’s vision and ambition. I also applaud Indonesia’s international leadership on climate and environment issues, including Indonesia’s ambitious Forestry and Land Use Net Sink 2030 target and Operational Plan, as well as the establishment of the new SVLK timber standard which seeks to ensure Indonesia’s timber is legal and sustainable,” the UK Minister asserted.

"The UK is proud to have been entrusted with the role of COP26 President by the international community and will continue to work with partners around the world to mobilise finance for climate and nature. Through this MoU and meeting with Minister Nurbaya, I look forward to advancing collaboration with Indonesia on climate change, biodiversity, environment and low-carbon development," he added.

Minister Nurbaya thanked all the parties involved in helping to realize the MoU and concluded by saying, “After signing this MoU, I really look forward to working with the UK government to support the implementation of Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan, towards achieving our enhanced NDC, particularly through sustainable forest management.”

Meanwhile, Lord Goldsmith, in closing, enthused about the future of Indonesia and the UK’s relationship in forestry and climate-related issues: “We want to turbocharge our partnership, boosting our work to attract investment and support Indonesia’s ambitious plans for forestry. I look forward to this exciting new chapter, which I hope will bring huge benefits to all our citizens.”


TAGS: FOLU NET SINK 2030 , REDUCED EMISSIONS , SVLK

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New MoU signed by Indonesia and UK to support FOLU Net Sink 2030
October 22, 2022

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - The Indonesian Government through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and the United Kingdom through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) agreed a new bilateral climate partnership on Saturday (22/10/2022).

The partnership, as laid out in a landmark MoU signed by Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya and Minister of State for Asia, Energy, Climate and Environment UK Lord Goldsmith, is aimed at supporting Indonesia's Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030.

Lord Goldsmith is on a visit to Indonesia from 22 to 24 October 2022, having prioritized the country as among the first he has visited in his official capacity, given its standing as G20 President along with its size and resources, all of which make it a key country on the world stage in addressing climate change.

“This is my first official visit to Indonesia as Minister for Asia, Energy, Climate and the Environment. Indonesia plays a major role in ensuring that all commitments set out in the G20 agenda are met, including the energy transition, as we strive to address the increasing impacts of climate change and keep the Paris Agreement temperature targets within reach,” Lord Goldsmith said upon arrival.

Minister Nurbaya hailed the signing of the historic MoU as a means to build a stronger friendship between the two nations and deliver tangible and impactful climate actions on the ground. 

“We are determined to work together to serve as role models and support the achievement of our global and national climate commitments. In doing so, we will also ensure sustainable and inclusive economic development. In this light, this MoU indeed represents a great milestone for the 2022-2024 Indonesia-UK Partnership Roadmap.”

The visit also reflects the growing significance of the partnership between the countries, including and especially on climate. Lord Goldsmith was effusive in his praise of Indonesia and its leadership. 

“Indonesia has shown true, global leadership on climate and forests with deforestation in decline, enhanced protection for 66 million hectares of primary forest and peatland, and an ambitious plan to be a net sink for carbon by 2030.”

“All (the achievements were) secured under the government of President Joko Widodo with your leadership, Minister Nurbaya. I’d like to pay personal tribute to your tireless work to enhance the sustainable management of Indonesia’s tropical forests. This is a service to Indonesia, and, of course, a service to the world,” he added.

Shared commitment

Home to the third largest expanse of tropical forest in the world, which sustains communities across the country and is an essential component in greenhouse gas emission absorption, Indonesia made its mark at COP26 where President Joko Widodo delivered a very well-received speech on forestry and land use at the World Leaders’ Summit.

Minister Nurbaya acknowledged the two countries’ shared commitment to addressing global concerns on climate, biodiversity and nature, as exemplified by the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between Indonesia and the United Kingdom on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade in Timber Products (FLEGT).

The Minister went on to detail the ways in which the MoU would deliver concrete and effective climate actions, by:

  • Promoting cooperation aligned with Indonesia’s leading role in FLEGT VPA UK and Indonesia’s ambition to achieve net sink for the FOLU sector by 2030;
  • Promoting the Indonesian Certification of Sustainable Forest Management; and
  • Enhancing collaboration and sharing best practices to strengthen the capacities of relevant stakeholders.

Various initiatives

Meanwhile, Lord Goldsmith also reaffirmed the rich history the countries share in cooperating on forestry, good governance, sustainable trade and low carbon development.    

He was particularly enthusiastic about various initiatives in Indonesia, citing the following:

  • Plans to make forests and other landscapes a ‘net sink’ for carbon by 2030;
  • Rehabilitating essential ecosystems like mangroves and peatland and protecting Indonesia’s unique biodiversity;
  • Emphasising sustainable, community-based forest management through the pioneering social forestry programme;
  • Strengthening protections for forests through transparent governance, including for adat communities; and
  • Establishing a new environment fund to boost investment in this vital work. 

“The UK appreciates and shares Indonesia’s vision and ambition. I also applaud Indonesia’s international leadership on climate and environment issues, including Indonesia’s ambitious Forestry and Land Use Net Sink 2030 target and Operational Plan, as well as the establishment of the new SVLK timber standard which seeks to ensure Indonesia’s timber is legal and sustainable,” the UK Minister asserted.

"The UK is proud to have been entrusted with the role of COP26 President by the international community and will continue to work with partners around the world to mobilise finance for climate and nature. Through this MoU and meeting with Minister Nurbaya, I look forward to advancing collaboration with Indonesia on climate change, biodiversity, environment and low-carbon development," he added.

Minister Nurbaya thanked all the parties involved in helping to realize the MoU and concluded by saying, “After signing this MoU, I really look forward to working with the UK government to support the implementation of Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan, towards achieving our enhanced NDC, particularly through sustainable forest management.”

Meanwhile, Lord Goldsmith, in closing, enthused about the future of Indonesia and the UK’s relationship in forestry and climate-related issues: “We want to turbocharge our partnership, boosting our work to attract investment and support Indonesia’s ambitious plans for forestry. I look forward to this exciting new chapter, which I hope will bring huge benefits to all our citizens.”


TAGS: FOLU NET SINK 2030 , REDUCED EMISSIONS , SVLK

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