Agenda : Alternative Futures To Meet Demands For Food, Fibre, Fuel And REDD+

Source : CIFOR
June 06, 2011

Date : September 27, 2011
Place : Jakarta, Indonesia

The conference Forests Indonesia: Alternative futures to meet demands for food, fibre, fuel and REDD+ will provide a global platform for key players from
government, parliament, the international and national business community as well as the research and development sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Indonesia in the sustainable use of its forests.

Indonesia is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, most of which come from the forestry sector. Globally, international institutions, governments and scientists have come to agreement that financing schemes under Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and enhancing carbon stocks, or REDD+, hold the greatest promise for combating climate change in the short term. Against this backdrop, Indonesia?s President has pledged to reduce emissions by 26% from business-as-usual levels by 2020 and by 41% if assisted with outside funding. However, competing demands for national forest lands from agriculture, pulp and paper and other development needs have sparked heated debate on how the President’s global aspirations to reduce emissions can be achieved.

The Government of Indonesia has announced a two-year ban of new forest concessions, a move opposed by many in the business community. In particular, business leaders complained that the moratorium, combined with conflicting zoning regulations, lacks clarity. Add in pre-existing legal uncertainties, overlapping concessions, and social conflicts over land use, and the result, say businessmen, discourages operations in Indonesia. At the same time, however, there is a growing number of Indonesia businesses that are shifting toward the embrace of a low carbon economy and sustainable resource use — they are waiting for the incentives or proof that it won’t necessarily be bad for business.

Indeed, there is also growing realization by all stakeholders that current land-use patterns in Indonesia are unsustainable. Even if the country decides not to accept the President’s call to reduce GHG emissions, Indonesia still needs to rethink the conditions under which natural resources extraction is taking place. Therefore, an open and honest dialogue on the required policy actions in Indonesia is urgently needed. The conference will focus on two themes: 1) Trade and investment: Drivers of deforestation and opportunities to reverse current trends, and 2) REDD+ in transition to a low carbon future. For more information, email

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