Norway, Indonesia Strengthen Partnership in Forest Protection

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia and Norway continues to strengthen the partnership between them in a bid to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

    An officer of Indonesian Embassy in Oslo, Haryoto Harmoko, on Thursday said that Prime Minister Erna Solberg has expressed her appreciation for various regulatory measures taken by President Joko Widodo.

    According to Harkomoyo, Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment, Vidar Helgesen, conveyed the message when he welcomed Indonesian delegates, consisted of the Head of Peatland Restoration Agency Nazir Foead, Directorate-General of Climate Change Control of Environmental Affairs Ministry Nur Masripatin and Indonesian Ambassador to Norway Yuwono A Putranto, at the office of Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment on Wednesday.

    On the occasion, Indonesian delegates conveyed some progress in Indonesia’s forest protection efforts, among others, moratorium on peatland, mining and palm oil concessions.

    Indonesian delegates elaborated the measures taken by the government at the national level as the follow up to the Paris Climate Deal in the framework of Indonesia-Norway bilateral partnership in REDD+.

    The meeting was held on the sidelines of Oslo REDD Exchange 2016, the world’s biggest forum that bring together 500 stakeholders to discuss reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in Oslo, Norway, on June 14 to June 15.

    Indonesia and Norway have a bilateral partnership in REDD+ that was agreed in 2010 and will end in 2020. Both countries have an extensive relations in environmental and forestry agreement in the past few years.

    In September 2015, Environmental Affairs and Forestry Minister, Siti Nurbaya, made a working visit to Norway. In return, Helgsen made a courtesy visit to Indonesia last February.