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Jakarta Post

A decade of partnership between Indonesia, Norway to combat climate change

  • Todung Mulya Lubis


Oslo   /   Mon, July 13 2020   /  01:00 am
A view of the revitalized mangrove forest in Lubuk Kertang village, Langkat regency, a three-hour drive north from North Sumatra’s capital Medan. In 2010, locals started a rehabilitation project to bring back the mangrove forest, which was converted into an illegal oil palm plantation in 2006.(JP/Moses Ompusunggu)

The year 2020 may be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year marks two important milestones between Indonesia and Norway. As we commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, we also observe 10 years of bilateral partnership in combating deforestation and climate change. Ten years ago in May 2010, Indonesia and Norway were committed into a partnership by signing a bilateral agreement (LOI) to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) under the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Through this agreement Indonesia aimed to reform its forest management and reduce its carbon emissions with the support of Norway, which pledged to provide financial assistance of up to US$1 billion for Indonesia’s policies and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Within the ...