USINDO cordially invites you to an Open Forum Panel Discussion, Forestry and Climate Change Initiatives in Indonesia: Three Expert Assessments, with Dr. Mubariq Ahmad (Adviser for Climate Change Policy, World Bank; Strategy Working Group Leader, Indonesia’s Presidential Task Force on REDD+); Dr. Charles Barber (Forest Chief, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science; Co-coordinator for Inter-agency Efforts on Climate and Environment under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, U.S. Department of State); and Dr. David McCauley (Vice President for Multilateral Affairs, World Wildlife Fund)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
USINDO Conference Room
1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
USINDO is pleased to present three Indonesian and American experts on environment and climate change to brief us on current environment and forestry initiatives in Indonesia, particularly on the progress of the national REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) policy and implementation, and U.S.-Indonesia climate change collaboration on forestry under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership (CP).
In 2012, Indonesia’s Presidential Task Force charged with establishing a REDD+ Agency completed its National REDD+ Strategy. Several REDD+ priority provinces have started developing provincial level strategy and action plans. Significant changes in the overall land and forest resource governance and management have already taken place, including a major shift and political opening toward recognizing the rights of Indigenous People. The Presidential Regulation establishing the REDD+ Agency is expected to be enacted by June.
Cooperation on climate change and environment under the CP aims to advance low carbon growth and address major threats to the environment. Several environment project initiatives, including many in forestry, have already taken place. But as we enter the second year of the U.S.-Indonesia environment and climate change cooperation, how do we assess its progress? What are the critical challenges in its implementation? What are the key opportunities and issues for U.S.-Indonesia cooperation to advance low carbon growth? What crucial role could the private sector and civil society play in making these initiatives successful?
Dr. Mubariq Ahmad will brief us on Indonesia’s REDD+ strategy and implementation, including progress and challenges in land and forest resource governance and management. Dr. Charles Barber will discuss the U.S.-Indonesia collaboration on forestry programs and initiatives, as well as other updates from the Climate and Environment Working Group under the CP. Dr. David McCauley will share his view on the potential role of the private sector in REDD+, particularly through the Forest Investment Program (FIP) initiative, Global Environment Facility (GEF), and other multilateral mechanisms to support REDD+ in Indonesia.
Please join us on this informative event on climate change and forestry in Indonesia.
To RSVP: Please click HERE and RSVP by 5pm on Monday, February 25th. Please note that space is limited.