100 million dollars for deforestation cuts in Indonesia
Norway is supporting Indonesia with at least 100 million USD in results-based payments for reducing deforestation.
At COP28 on Friday, 1 December, Jonas Gahr Støre, the Norwegian Prime Minister, announced that Norway will pay Indonesia at least 100 million USD in result-based payments for reduced deforestation.
The payment comes because of Indonesia reducing deforestation by 90 percent since 2015. Today’s announcement is for results achieved between 2017 and 2019. This is the second results-based payment from Norway to Indonesia. Last year, Norway paid 56 million USD for reduced deforestation in 2016-17.
Impressive reduction in deforestation
" It’s impressive to see that Indonesia has reduced deforestation by 90 percent, and it’s right of rich countries like Norway to reward this by supporting continued rainforest efforts in Indonesia. However, we need more countries to step up to support efforts to protect the rich Indonesian rainforest,” said Anders Haug Larsen, Director of International Advocacy at Rainforest Foundation Norway.
He praised the commitment of the Indonesian government, shown in their domestic policies:
“Indonesia has achieved the reduction by introducing moratoriums on logging and expansion of palm oil. Now we need a new development without destroying the rainforest. This is a challenge that Indonesia can’t be left to solve by themselves, and that’s why the Norwegian support is so important.”
Greater involvement of Indigenous peoples and local communities
A greater involvement of Indigenous peoples and local communities have, to a larger extent than previously, been included in the renewed agreement between Indonesia and Norway.
“One of the most effective ways to keep rainforests intact is through
legal recognition of Indigenous peoples and local communities. We are
encouraged to see Indonesian goals to substantially expand on such
recognition and hope that the international support can help achieve
this,” Haug Larsen said.
“As front-line defenders of forest protection, forest peoples should receive sufficient financial support and incentives to ensure Indonesia's continual success in halting deforestation," said Anders Haug Larsen, Director of International Advocacy at Rainforest Foundation Norway.