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Norwegian official delegation visits Jakarta and Papua

As part of the partnership between Norway and Indonesia to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in Indonesia, a Norwegian official delegation visited Jakarta and Papua on 12- 16 March 2012.

The delegation, headed by HE Hans Brattskar, Special Envoy for Climate Change, had a series of high-level meetings in Jakarta before they headed off to Papua.

Papua has at least ¼ of Indonesia’s remaining forests and is one of the key provinces in the efforts to reach the Government’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. After a short stop in Jayapura, the delegation went by a small plane to Kasonaweja in Mamberamo Raya regency where members of the Kawera tribe met the delegation with traditional dance, music and a parade of Norwegian and Indonesian flags. HE Brattskar and the delegation were overwhelmed by the warm welcome and truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet representatives from the local government.

The delegation also visited the nearby village of Namunaweja. Kawera hunters took the delegation for a steep hike through primary forest, full of plants and animals unique to Papua. Despite living in an area of breathtaking natural beauty, the communities in Mamberamo are facing many challenges in terms of livelihood and local development needs. The Papua based environmental NGO Yali carries out a project to increase cocoa production in Namunaweja by supporting local households.

While in Jakarta, the delegation met with the leader of the REDD+ Task Force, Minister Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, and the various working groups reporting to the Task Force. These meetings provided an opportunity for the delegation to become updated and discuss the latest developments to finalize Indonesia’s REDD+ strategy, building and institutionalizing capacity to monitor, report and verify reduced emissions, the design of a suitable funding mechanism, as well as enabling policies and necessary institutional reforms. Challenges concerning the two-year suspension on new concessions in primary forests and peat lands were also discussed.

The delegation also met with the Minister of Bappenas, the Minister of Environment, the Secretary General of the Ministry for Forestry, the Chairman of the National Land Agency, Indonesia’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and representatives from civil society and other development partners, who all expressed interest and support to the Indonesia- Norway partnership.