AGENDA: Forests Indonesia: Alternative Futures To Meet Demands For Food, Fibre, Fuel and REDD+

Source : Mailist – July 14, 2011

Date : 27 September 2011
Place : Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made history by pledging to reduce Indonesia’s emissions by 26% from business-as-usual levels by 2020 without sacrificing economic growth. However, competing demands for forest lands, which have contributed to emissions as well as growth, have sparked heated debate on how to achieve these global aspirations.

The recently announced two-year forests moratorium, part of Indonesia’s effort in REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), was met with skepticism. Some business leaders say that the moratorium lacks clarity when combined with conflicting zoning regulations, legal uncertainties and weak tenure regimes. Environmentalists say the current plans are insufficient to meet emission reduction targets.

Still, many believe that the president’s pledge and the plans under REDD+ are positive steps. Several Indonesian business leaders have expressed support to move towards a low-carbon economy with the realization that current land-use patterns are unsustainable. This underscores the need for an open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders.

In response, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in association with leading business groups, NGOs, development agencies and government ministries, will convene a conference in Jakarta on 27 September. Forests Indonesia: Alternative futures to meet demands for food, fibre, fuel and REDD+ will provide a platform for 800 leaders from all sectors to openly discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by the country in the sustainable use of its forests. These include:
·         Trade and investment: Implication for forests
·         REDD+ in the transition to a low carbon future
·         Increasing the efficiency of agricultural land use for the benefit of the forests and people
·         Managing forests to meet timber and fibre demand
·         Incentives and disincentives of REDD+ for business
·         Early experience with REDD+ on the ground

Norway’s Minister for the Environment, Erik Solheim is scheduled to give a keynote address. The conference, the biggest of its kind, will be conducted in English and Bahasa Indonesia, with simultaneous translation. To register, visit www.ForestsIndonesia.org or email CIFOR-ForestsIndonesia@cgiar.org. Join the discussion.

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