Indonesia 11 Meeting Held by the Indonesian REDD+ Agency

By Jasmine Puteri, Kemitraan, Country Coordinator for Indonesia


The Indonesia 11 meeting was held by the Indonesian REDD+ Agency on April 2-3, 2014 in Jakarta. The meeting was attended by the 11 REDD+ pilot provinces and 29 representatives from various agencies, including governors' offices, regents' offices, the United Nations, INGOs, NGOs, and indigenous communities. The meeting aimed to introduce and comprehensively update The Indonesia REDD+ Agency activities, to conduct consultation and consolidation with the 11 REDD+ provinces and to prepare for the REDD+ program implementation in each province.  This is the first meeting ever held and attended by the 11 REDD+ provinces.

ROW Workshops


On February 5th, the REDD Offset Working Group (ROW) hosted a workshop at Stanford University to discuss key environmental considerations in the development of a REDD offset program including the establishment of reference levels against which emissions reductions should be measured, systems to monitor, report and verify avoided deforestation and degradation, and ways to ensure that programmatic emissions reductions are in addition to those that would have otherwise taken place. A recording of the workshop and other workshop materials are available here.

Central Kalimantan REDD+ Strategy and Action Plan

By Humala Pontas, Central Kalimantan


On February 12, 2013, Governor Teras Narang launched the socialization of Central Kalimantan Strategy and Action Plan for REDD+ for stakeholders in the Indonesian province. The Strategy and action plan for REDD+ (known locally as Strada, strategy daerah or regional strategy) is an important milestone for the REDD+ pilot province under the agreement between Indonesia and Norway regarding cooperation in reducing GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, which was signed in 2010. The strategy was put into effect by Governor Regulation number 10, dated May 15, 2012. Non-technical issues delayed the dissemination of the regulation to stakeholders until February. The launch, led by Governor Narang, was followed by a series of public meetings at the district level designed to reach as many people as possible prior to the regulation’s implementation.

Acre’s Payment for Performance

By Idesam, GCF Coordinator for Brazil


On December 12th, 2012 the State of Acre received the first transaction for emission reductions from deforestation at the subnational level. Governor Tião Viana signed the agreement between the state of Acre and the German development bank, KfW. It is valued at 16 million euros, and secures payment based on performance for emission reductions for the period from 2011 to 2014 achieved by the state, or US$ 5 per tCO2, which is equivalent to about 4 million tons of CO2.

GCF Workshop in Mexico


GCF members in Mexico, Chiapas and Campeche, the GCF Secretariat, and Environmental Defense Fund organized the first GCF workshop in Mexico, which convened GCF member Acre (Brazil), representatives from the California-Acre-Chiapas REDD+ Offsets Working Group (ROW), federal government authorities (including CONAFOR), academics, and social organizations to share experiences and knowledge relating to REDD+ MRV, social and environmental safeguards, and legal frameworks. Presentations from the workshop are available here.

Chiapas REDD+ Technical Advisory Committee

By Alejandro Callejas


On August 12th during a special session of the Chiapas REDD+ group in the GCF member state of Chiapas, the Chiapas REDD+ Technical Advisory Committee (CTC) was formally established. The Chiapas REDD+ CTC will work under the protection of the Chiapas Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Law; its President is Elsa Esquivel, MS, representative of the AMBIO Cooperative and its Technical Secretary is Alejandro Callejas (biologist), who is the Undersecretary of Environment in Chiapas.

Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise

By Avi Mahaningtyas


The international conference Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise: Experiences and Opportunities for Asia in a Changing Context was a successful event attended by more than 250 REDD experts, government officials, intergovernmental, community, indigenous and civil society groups, and GCF Country Coordinator Avi Mahaningtyas (a facilitator and panelist at the meeting). The meeting looked in depth at the challenges and opportunities for accelerating forest tenure reform as it is progressing slowly in comparison to the fast rate of forest destruction. With climate change threatening development and poverty reduction for forest dependent communities, forest tenure issues have proven to be key to determining the delineation and definition of forests. The next questions involve forests resources rights, functions of forests, and the authority and rights to manage the forests in a sustainable manner.

UNFCCC Climate Change Conference


Difficult Negotiations Continue on Climate Change and REDD+—Some Preliminary Progress on Subnational Reference Levels

Indonesia Signs 2-Year Moratorium on Forest Conversion Permits


On 20 May 2011, Indonesian President Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed a long-awaited Presidential Decree implementing a two-year moratorium on new permits for the conversion of primary forests and peatlands. The moratorium is part of the $1 billion Indonesia-Norway partnership agreement on REDD. Some organizations have criticized the moratorium for containing too many exemptions and possible loopholes, not covering secondary forests, and being difficult to enforce. However, many view the moratorium as a positive first step in reducing emissions from deforestation and improving forest governance and enforcement in Indonesia. For more details, a full analysis of the moratorium is available courtesy of Daemeter Consulting.

Work Continues on California’s Cap-and-Trade Program During AB 32 Lawsuit


In June 2009, a group of environmental justice organizations sued the California Air Resources Board (ARB) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to overturn the landmark California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Their primary argument against the cap-and-trade provisions of the law was that ARB failed to conduct a legally adequate analysis of alternative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as a carbon tax.