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President Jokowi delivers legally binding targets at COP26
November 4, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - In his two speeches at COP26, President Joko Widodo emphasized, among other things, that Indonesia is targeting reaching a net carbon sink in the forestry and land use (FoLU) sector by 2030. This is not merely a pledge, but one of the country's legally binding targets.

This 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target is among the key parts of a landmark presidential regulation signed by President Jokowi before leaving for the G20 and COP26 events, as previously reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Oct 29).

President Jokowi affirmed that Indonesia is open to receiving international aid to meet its climate targets. He underlined, however, that “just because they provide aid doesn’t mean they can dictate to us”, and that, regardless of whether support is provided or not, the country is set to keep moving forward with all of its climate targets.

Also attending COP26 in Glasgow, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya stressed that Indonesia’s 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target is not tantamount to the country promising to end deforestation by that year.

According to the minister, while deforestation on a certain scale is still required to support the goals of development programs, Indonesia remains firmly on track to achieve a net carbon sink from the FoLU sector by 2030, as shown by the chart below.

Minister Nurbaya pointed out that by making the 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target legally binding, Indonesia will continue to target reduced deforestation until 2030, as has consistently proven the case during the Jokowi administration, but this does not mean the adoption of a zero deforestation policy. 

“Indonesia will continue to open isolated areas that are connected to local communities through infrastructure development, including those involving parts of state forest areas. Of course, these undertakings by the government will stay in adherence to sustainability principles that meet legal requirements," she explained. 

The chart below, using data sourced from the Environment and Forestry Ministry, depicts levels of deforestation on a time-series basis, clearly demonstrating that Indonesia, under the leadership of President Jokowi and Minister Nurbaya, remains well within the corridor of reduced and continuously declining deforestation.

"Social forestry and agrarian reforms are still a major part of President Jokowi's key programs, and also play a significant role in getting to a FoLU net carbon sink by 2030," said Minister Nurbaya. 

Another legally binding target

In addition to the 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target, President Jokowi also delivered another legally binding target in his two speeches at COP26, namely a 2021-2024 community-based mangrove rehabilitation program spanning 600 thousand hectares, or over 8 times the size of Singapore, the largest government-led initiative of its type in the world.

Updated data from the ministry and the Peat Restoration and Mangrove Rehabilitation Agency (BRGM) indicates that of the 33 thousand hectares targeted for mangrove rehabilitation this year alone, an area over triple the size of Paris, 89.6% had already been realized by mid-October, as shown in the following chart.

The community-based mangrove rehabilitation program extends to 23 provinces and forms part of the national economic recovery program which, in the second quarter of this year, successfully lifted Indonesia out of the debilitating recession caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Minister Nurbaya added that the program is contributing to Indonesia's efforts to ensure that the 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target is attained, which in turn is a key part of the country achieving its NDC target, either with its own resources or with international support.


TAGS: COP26 , FOLU 2030 , MANGROVE

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President Jokowi delivers legally binding targets at COP26
November 4, 2021

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

JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - In his two speeches at COP26, President Joko Widodo emphasized, among other things, that Indonesia is targeting reaching a net carbon sink in the forestry and land use (FoLU) sector by 2030. This is not merely a pledge, but one of the country's legally binding targets.

This 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target is among the key parts of a landmark presidential regulation signed by President Jokowi before leaving for the G20 and COP26 events, as previously reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Oct 29).

President Jokowi affirmed that Indonesia is open to receiving international aid to meet its climate targets. He underlined, however, that “just because they provide aid doesn’t mean they can dictate to us”, and that, regardless of whether support is provided or not, the country is set to keep moving forward with all of its climate targets.

Also attending COP26 in Glasgow, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya stressed that Indonesia’s 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target is not tantamount to the country promising to end deforestation by that year.

According to the minister, while deforestation on a certain scale is still required to support the goals of development programs, Indonesia remains firmly on track to achieve a net carbon sink from the FoLU sector by 2030, as shown by the chart below.

Minister Nurbaya pointed out that by making the 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target legally binding, Indonesia will continue to target reduced deforestation until 2030, as has consistently proven the case during the Jokowi administration, but this does not mean the adoption of a zero deforestation policy. 

“Indonesia will continue to open isolated areas that are connected to local communities through infrastructure development, including those involving parts of state forest areas. Of course, these undertakings by the government will stay in adherence to sustainability principles that meet legal requirements," she explained. 

The chart below, using data sourced from the Environment and Forestry Ministry, depicts levels of deforestation on a time-series basis, clearly demonstrating that Indonesia, under the leadership of President Jokowi and Minister Nurbaya, remains well within the corridor of reduced and continuously declining deforestation.

"Social forestry and agrarian reforms are still a major part of President Jokowi's key programs, and also play a significant role in getting to a FoLU net carbon sink by 2030," said Minister Nurbaya. 

Another legally binding target

In addition to the 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target, President Jokowi also delivered another legally binding target in his two speeches at COP26, namely a 2021-2024 community-based mangrove rehabilitation program spanning 600 thousand hectares, or over 8 times the size of Singapore, the largest government-led initiative of its type in the world.

Updated data from the ministry and the Peat Restoration and Mangrove Rehabilitation Agency (BRGM) indicates that of the 33 thousand hectares targeted for mangrove rehabilitation this year alone, an area over triple the size of Paris, 89.6% had already been realized by mid-October, as shown in the following chart.

The community-based mangrove rehabilitation program extends to 23 provinces and forms part of the national economic recovery program which, in the second quarter of this year, successfully lifted Indonesia out of the debilitating recession caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Minister Nurbaya added that the program is contributing to Indonesia's efforts to ensure that the 2030 FoLU net carbon sink target is attained, which in turn is a key part of the country achieving its NDC target, either with its own resources or with international support.


TAGS: COP26 , FOLU 2030 , MANGROVE

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