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Minister Helgesen's visit to Indonesia

Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment, Vidar Helgesen, visited Indonesia from 2 – 5 February 2016.

During those days, Minister Helgesen met with President Joko Widodo, Minister of Environment and Forest; Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Finance; Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Retno P Marsudi, Minister for National Development Planning; Sofyan Djalil, Head of Badan Restorasi Gambut; Nazir Foead as well as with civic society organizations, Indonesian private sectors, and Governor Awang F. Ishak of East Kalimantan. He also travelled to the field and visited the village Merabu in Berau, East-Kalimantan.

Norway conveyed the commitment to continue the longstanding collaboration on helping Indonesia reducing its emissions from deforestation, Forest – and peatland degradation (REDD+). 

In a press session at the State Palace, Minister Siti Nurbaya quoted President Jokowi’s statement: “To avoid haze crisis, it is necessary to enforce a moratorium on any clearing, drainage, and/or conversion of unopened peatland”.

While Minister Helgesen stated: “Norway congratulates Indonesia on its commitment to protect and restore all peatlands for its own national interest and the world, and we are ready to embark on a results-based support as part of the letter of intent between our two countries.”

Coverage in English

1. The Jakarta Post 
2. Mongabay
3. Metro TV

Coverage in Bahasa Indonesia

1. Beritasatu 
2. Kompas 
3. Beritasatu 
4. Detik
6. CNN Indonesia 
7. Inddit
9. RMOL      
10. Republika
11. Viva
12. Antara News
13. Mongabay
14. Setkab
15. Metropolitan

Coverage from East Kalimantan:

1. Beritasatu
2. Inilahcom
3. ProKaltim
4. ProBerau  
6. Antara Kaltim