To ensure the implementation of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from deforestation, forest degradation and peatland conversion, President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, on Saturday (31/8/2013) signed Presidential Decree No. 62/2013 to form a new entity called “REDD+ Agency”.
“REDD+ Agency based in the capital of the Republic of Indonesia, led by a chief who is responsible directly to the President of the Republic of Indonesia,” on Article 3 Paragraph ( 2.3 ) of the regulation.
REDD+ Agency has a duty to help the President carry out the task of coordination, synchronization, planning, facilitation, management, monitoring, supervision and control of REDD+ in Indonesia.
The REDD+ agency will be led by the head of the ministerial level and is one of the main elements in implementing REDD+ in Indonesia commitments, such as to ensure the sustainability of REDD+ Partnership between Indonesia and Norway. Norwegian government has agreed to provide support to US$ one billion in stages, especially for the scheme to “payment for performance of the work” in an effort to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and peatlands.
The purpose of the REDD+ Agency is to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and peatland and ensure that these efforts are managed in an effective, efficient, equitable and sustainable.
“The process of setting up this agency has a long and thorough. Establishment of the REDD+ is a testament to Indonesia’s commitment to contribute to global efforts to reduce carbon emissions, to preserve Indonesia’s forests have tremendous biodiversity. And will ultimately improve the welfare of local communities and indigenous peoples whose lives depend on the forest resources” said Agus Purnomo, Special Staff of President Yudhoyono for climate change, on Friday (6/9/2013).
Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia is responsible for the management of forests over an area of more than 100 million acres across the country, also welcomed the establishment of the Management Board of REDD+, and hope that this productive partnership in the years to come.
“For the first time in the history of modern Indonesia, efforts to conserve forests and peatlands can add revenue and local governments provide direct benefits to local communities and indigenous,” said Zulkifli Hassan, Minister of Forestry of Indonesia, on a different occasion.