NORWAY DELEGATION VISIT BACKGROUND Norwegian delegation to visit Indonesia to follow up on Indonesia-Norway Climate and Forest Partnership This week, a delegation from Norway is visiting Indonesia. The delegation is led by Director General and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mr. Ambassador Hans Brattskar, and includes staff from Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative in Oslo as well as Norway’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Eivind Homme, and his staff. The purpose of the trip is to learn about the latest developments of the bilateral partnership on REDD+, and to visit Papua as one of the most important forest provinces. Jakarta During their two days in Jakarta, the delegation will meet with their Indonesia counterparts led by the Head of the REDD+ Task Force, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, and including the leaders of various working groups to discuss status for the various activities under way to prepare Indonesia’s REDD+ program. The delegation will have the opportunity to meet with several key ministers and heads of relevant agencies to implement REDD+ in Indonesia. The delegation will also meet with various civil society organizations, as well as ambassadors and representatives from other important development partners. Papua
This week, a delegation from Norway is visiting Indonesia. The delegation is led by
Director General and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mr. Ambassador Hans Brattskar, and includes staff from Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative in Oslo as well as Norway’s
Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Eivind Homme, and his staff. The purpose of
the trip is to learn about the latest developments of the bilateral partnership on REDD+, and to visit Papua as one of the most important forest provinces.
March 13, 2012
The delegation will spend two days in Papua Province, one of the nine designated “forest provinces” in the REDD+ program. By sheer numbers, Papua must be at the core of any strategy to reduce future forest loss in Indonesia. For Indonesia to meet its targets, deforestation must go down in other provinces without leading to increased deforestation in Papua where it has historically been low. Papua still has a high forest cover including the largest intact primary forest in Indonesia. It holds invaluable biodiversity including the largest number of endemic species. It is also a poor province with legitimate development needs. Papua can potentially benefit from significant sustainable development through REDD+. The delegation will meet with the Province secretary and representatives from the Low Carbon Development Task Force, local environmental organizations and development partners. It will also go on a field trip to Mamberamo regency and visit a community that produce cocoa as an alternative income opportunity to logging in Namunaweja village with the local NGO Yali. About the Indonesia-Norway climate and forest partnership In May 2010, Indonesia and Norway entered into a partnership to support Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests and peat lands. Norway will support Indonesia with up to 1 billion dollars over the coming years, provided that Indonesia delivers agreed results, mainly in the form of verified emission reductions. Funds are initially devoted to preparation measures and activities identified by Indonesia, such as, developing a national REDD+ strategy, consulting stakeholders, establishing the necessary institutions and enacting a moratorium on forest and peat concessions to give space for improvements in spatial planning and forest governance. The predominant part of the USD 1 billion fund will be payment for independently verified emission reductions. This will initially be based on reductions in the first pilot province Central Kalimantan. As soon as practicable, Norway will pay Indonesia for independently verified emission reductions on a national scale.
Published on May 11, 2012