Deforestation agreement with Indonesia

Norway and Indonesia have agreed to enter into a partnership to support Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests and peat lands. Norway will support the efforts with one billion USD over the next few years.

Norway and Indonesia have agreed to enter into a partnership to support Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests and peat lands. Norway will support the efforts with one billion USD over the next few years.

Indonesia will take immediate and decisive action to reduce its forest and peat related greenhouse gas emissions.

“Indonesia is a key country in terms of reducing deforestation, therefore this agreement and Indonesias commitment is a great step forward in achieving large scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. “I look forward to cooperating with President Yudhoyono and Indonesia on this important issue.”

The announcement was made at a joint press conference held by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg. Their announcements coincide with the upcoming Oslo Climate and Forest Conference, where a global climate and forest partnership will be established.

Funds will initially be devoted to finalizing Indonesia’s climate and forest strategy, building and institutionalizing capacity to monitor, report and verify reduced emissions, and puting in place enabling policies and institutional reforms. A two-year suspension on new concessions on conversion of natural forests and peat lands into plantations will be implemented.

”To succeed in the global battle against climate change, we need robust, action-oriented partnerships between developing and developed countries. President Yudhoyono of Indonesia and Prime Minister Stoltenberg of Norway are both global leaders on climate change. That they have now come together in an ambitious partnership to reduce emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and peatland destruction in Indonesia is good news for the world. I encourage others to join their efforts, and to create their own partnerships to help put the world on the path to sustainable, climate-resilient growth,” comments secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon of the United Nations.