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How Indonesia finally earned nod from Norway for climate fund

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 20, 2019   /  07:30 pm
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Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia Vegard Kaale(Courtesy of Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta/-)

Indonesia’s environment minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, and her Norwegian counterpart, Ola Elvestuen, announced last month that Indonesia was finally set to receive the first part of a US$1 billion payment pledged by the Norwegian government to preserve its vast tropical rainforests. The Jakarta Post’s Kharishar Kahfi and Dian Septiari sat down with the Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia Vegard Kaale about the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) partnership and other fields of cooperation the two countries have to mitigate climate change. Question: It has been almost 10 years since the signing of the REDD+ deal between Indonesia and Norway. Why did Norway eventually agree to pay the first payments to Indonesia? Answer: Indonesia and Norway started the partnership almost 10 years ago and what Norway did was committing $1 billion if Indonesia...