Indonesia Announcements

On July 8 2015, UNORCID launched the “Forest Ecosystem Valuation Study (FEVS): Indonesia” Report in Jakarta. The study was undertaken by UNORCID with funding support from the United Nations Environment Protection Programme (UNEP). The FEVS report demonstrates the results and analysis of the multiple benefits provided by forest related ecosystem services for Indonesia’s economy and the impact it has on the livelihoods of the rural communities.

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Anti-corruption investigators and forestry law enforcement officials from across Southeast Asia gathered in Malaysia on June 1-5 to strengthen collaboration and investigative skills to more effectively fight corruption in the forestry sector. In particular, Indonesia presented preliminary findings from an evaluation of its multi-door approach to combat forest crimes, currently supported by the UN-REDD Programme.   

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Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister, Ibu Siti Nurbaya, launched on 21 May in Jakarta with UN-REDD Programme support two reports to improve forest governance as part of the country’s National REDD+ strategy. Efforts to guide and inform policy-making towards tangible policies and measures with a view to improve the overall forest and REDD+ governance will be emphasized in the continuation of this work.

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Two new videos are now available related to Safeguards and Safeguards Information Systems lessons learned in the Asia-Pacific region. 

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National Commodities Platforms respond to the need for a national coordinated action by all stakeholders to align their activities in the same direction on sustainable commodities, delivering in ways that complement each other. The Green Commodities Programme has just released new briefs on National Commodities Platforms in Costa Rica, Ghana and Indonesia. 

The world's first REDD+ Academy designed to energise efforts to combat deforestation by creating financial value for carbon stored in forests, was launched in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, bringing together 83 representatives from Asia-Pacific governments, Indonesian parliamentarians and members of the media. The REDD+ Academy workshop began on the 27 October and continues until 7 November. The aim of the REDD+ Academy is to broaden the implementation base for REDD+, by training decision makers in sectors outside of forestry. The UN-REDD Programme facilitators are currently training three different groups of participants in Indonesia: 30 Members of the Indonesian Parliament, 32 environmental journalists, and 35 experts from Governments and NGOs across our 16 partner countries in Asia-Pacific including staff from Ministries of Planning and Agriculture.

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The REDD+ Academy is a new iterative large-scale capacity building initiative prepared by the UN-REDD Programme and partners.

The first REDD+ Academy session is being hosted by the Government of Indonesia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 28 October to 7 November for the Asia-Pacific region. It will bring together members of the Indonesian Parliament, environmental journalists and REDD+ future leaders and practitioners from the sixteen UN-REDD partner countries across the region. The course will provide an overview of key REDD+ issues, including National REDD+ Strategies, NFMS/MRV/REL, safeguards and SIS, governance, stakeholder engagement and climate finance, with the aim of empowering participants to contribute to a well-informed national REDD+ process.

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As part of its anti-corruption for REDD+ targeted support to Indonesia, the UN-REDD Programme is initiating a process to reflect on the progress achieved thus far by the country's multi door approach to address natural resources-related crimes and the challenges it faces.

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As part of the follow-up to the recommendations developped through its PGA, with the goal to identify and mitigate inefficiencies and corrupt practices in the process to apply and obtain forest permits, Indonesia is undertaking, with UN-REDD targeted support, an evaluation of its online forest permit system. Interviews, based on a questionnaire agreed upon by the Ministry of Forestry, all members of the PGA Expert Panel and UKP4, are targetting both the supply side (40 people in all units within the Ministry of Foresty) and the demand side (over 127 individuals or companies who have previously applied for permits). In East Kalimantan, a focus group discussion was also organized with representatives of the private sector to discuss the systems challenges, shortcomings and proposals to solve them. The evaluation report is expected in October 2014.

Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, The Economics of Ecosystems, Biodiversity (TEEB) study leader and Green Econony Special Advisor for UNEP made a presentation on the scope and dimensions of theForest Valuation Study for Indonesia which he is leading.  The launch event was hosted by UNEP and UNORCID, Jakarta. Attending the event were government, civil society, donors and forestry experts who all agreed to collaborate effectively and make the study meaningful and effective. Research has demonstrated the critical role of ecosystem services in the green economy transition:supporting economic prosperity, human well-being, and environmental resilience. With funding from UNEP, UNORCID has undertaken a Forest Ecosystem Valuation Study for Indonesia with the GoI, this involved a comprehensive valuation of the entirety of Indonesia’s ecosystem goods and services, in terms of the contribution to the national economy.

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On 17 June 2014, Indonesia’s Ministry for Women Empowerment and Child Protection, BP REDD+, the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) and UN Women co-hosted a half day event on “Achieving Gender Equality in REDD+ Implementation” in order to discuss ways forwards in mainstreaming gender in REDD+ implementation in Indonesia. The participants discussed the necessity of promoting the equal participation of women in forest management schemes, and proposed various strategies for the expansion of women’s roles within REDD+ institutions, programmes and projects. They also emphasized the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders in order to mitigate existing challenges to the full inclusion of women in Indonesia’s pursuit of sustainable growth and equity. More information and details of the event, including speaker presentations and a summary report, can be found on the UNORCID website located here.

Anti corruption for REDD+ will be discussed at the upcoming Regional Dialogue on "Transparency, Accountability and Voices against Corruption - Accelerating Human Development in Asia-Pacific" to be held in Bangkok, 12-13 June 2014, during a session titled "Transparency and accountability in extractive industries and forestry: New opportunities for programming?"

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Since the PGA report 2012/ Indonesia Forest Governance Index (Executive summary available here) was launched jointly by Mr. Zulkifli Hasan, Minister of Forestry and Mr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of REDD+ Task Force/UKP4 on May 6 this year, a series of activities have been undertaken to ensure that the findings and governance data were disseminated and actively utilized by key stakeholders - both at the national level and in the ten PGA provinces. In particular, two prominent interventions were launched to make use of the constructive space for dialogue enabled by the PGA process in Indonesia.

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New Photos from “Initial REDD+ Consultation Workshop" and "REDD+ Training Workshop in Manus” from Papua New Guinea’s gallery are available on the Asia-Pacific webpage. See more photos from BangladeshIndonesia, Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, and Regional Activities, and other updates on the Programme in the Asia-Pacific  webpage, click here

The REDD+ Partnership meeting and Workshop was held in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia from 8-11 October, 2013. 28 Partner countries and Stakeholders from more than 25 organizations converged in the capital city of Central Kalimantan Province for the second Partnership meeting in 2013.  The REDD+ Partnership is a platform for country partners to scale up REDD+ actions and finance, improve the effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and coordination of REDD+ initiatives and financial instruments, and facilitate knowledge transfer, capacity enhancement, mitigation actions and technology development and transfer with the objective of contributing to the global battle against climate change.

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New Photos from "Cambodia REDD+ Consultation Group Selection Process Workshop" from Cambodia's Gallery are available on the Asia-Pacific webpage. See photos from Indonesia, Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, and Regional Activities, and other updates on the Programme in the Asia-Pacific  webpage, click here.

The REDD+ Partnership meeting will take place in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan in Indonesia. Partners and Stakeholders are invited to attend. Kindly contact the Secretariat at .   For more information on the REDD+ Partnership, see www.reddpluspartnership.org

In the UN-REDD Programme's June/July 2013 issue, get highlights from the tenth meeting of the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board and the Global Symposium on REDD+ and the Green Economy. Read more on REDD+ progress in Bhutan, the DRC, Ecuador and Indonesia.

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