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U.S.-Indonesia Environment and Climate Change Cooperation

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 18, 2011

As part of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, the United States has pledged more than $450 million towards environment and climate change cooperation. The United States is working with Indonesia on a wide range of activities that will advance low carbon growth and address major threats to the world’s environment, including:

* Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Economic Growth: Through the just-signed Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact for Indonesia, the Government of Indonesia will implement a Green Prosperity Project totaling $332.5 million to support environmentally sustainable economic growth through enhancing management of forests, peat lands, and other natural resources and deployment of renewable energy.
* Strengthening Climate Change Policy: The United States is providing $6.9 million in support – with matching funds from Norway – for the new Indonesia Climate Change Center (ICCC), which will focus on mapping and monitoring of carbon-rich peat lands and tropical forests with expertise from the U.S. Forest Service, bringing the best available science and analysis to policy leaders on key strategies and decisions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
* Conserving Tropical Forests: United States and Indonesia signed a second Tropical Forest Conservation Act Agreement (TFCA) in September 2011 that allows for a debt-for-nature swap of $28.5 million to support tropical forest conservation.
* Protecting Coastal Communities and Fisheries: The United States plans to provide at least $40 million over five years to support the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security, a multilateral partnership between Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, and the Solomon Islands to safeguard the Southeast Asia region’s extraordinary marine and coastal biological resources. In addition, bilateral support to improve fisheries and coastal management in Indonesia is expected to total $35 million over five years.
* Moving forward on SOLUSI: The United States has initiated $58 million in new USAID programs in management of forests, marine resources, and clean energy as part of our existing $119 million SOLUSI partnership with Indonesia on low emissions development.
* Improving Air Quality: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment signed an MOU in June 2011, expanding environmental cooperation, and formalizing cooperation on “Breathe Easy, Jakarta” to improve air quality and protect public health.

PRN: 2011/1970

Link : http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/11/177385.htm

PUBLICATION: Indonesia and US Announce US$28.5 Million Debt Swap for Forest Conservation in Borneo

Source : WWF – September 29, 2011

The governments of Indonesia and U.S. today signed a debt-for-nature swap agreement worth $28.5 million to support forest conservation and climate change mitigation efforts in Kalimantan (Indonesian part of the island of Borneo). WWF and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will join the two governments to implement this unique forest and climate support program.

Debt-for-nature swap is a debt reduction mechanism to finance biodiversity and tropical forest conservation program and is authorized under the U.S. government’s Tropical Forest Conservation Act. The agreement will direct financing toward tropical forest conservation, climate change mitigation and sustainable development
activities in Kalimantan. The swap will fund projects in three Districts in Kalimantan: the Kapuas Hulu district (in West Kalimantan Province) and Kutai Barat and Berau districts (in East Kalimantan Province). Commitment from the three local governments to work closely with civil society to conserve large areas of carbon-rich
forest and biodiversity has qualified them as focal areas for implementation of TFCA2 programs.

Implementation of the program is through a multi-stakeholder approach, whereby particularly civil society is the key implementor of activities. The swap will be facilitated by a local administrator which will be determined at a later point.

“Partnership by the two countries through the TFCA2 Program will contribute to the commitment of Indonesian Government on forest and biodiversity conservationas well as to reduce green house gas emission outlined in the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Forestry,” said Darori, the DG of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Ministry of Forestry.

Ade Soekadis, Acting Director TNC Forest Program Indonesia said, “The Nature Conservancy supports sustainable development in Berau Districts in the framework of Berau Forest Carbon Program (Program Karbon Hutan Berau). TFCA2 is expected support low carbon development and therefore help the livelihood of communities in Berau District, which at the end contribute to reduce carbon emission up to 41 percent while at the same time maintain economic growth at 7% by 2020.

“This TFCA2 agreement is a huge step forward in efforts to save one of the world’s richest forest ecosystems. As a multi stakeholder program whose governance will be overseen by governments and civil society, WWF-Indonesia is very proud to be part of this agreement. The swap will fund projects that benefit the civil society as well as engage them as implementors of the program in the Heart of Borneo, something that WWF is proud to promote” said Dr. Efransjah, CEO of
WWF-Indonesia.

Notes to Editor
Photo of the signing ceremony today can be downloaded at the following link with copyright WWF-Indonesia/Saipul Siagian
http://www.mediafire.com/?e4kbkiaf9w986gi

* Kalimantan, or Indonesian part of Borneo, is a rich-biodiversity area, home to 15,000 flowering plants, over 210 mammals species -40 of them endemic, such as orangutan, gibbons, clouded leopard, etc. Between 1984 to 2000 at least 361 new species were discovered in Kalimantan.
* Kalimantan also diverse in culture, it is home to over 200 languages being used by hundreds of ethnic groups. Sustainable use of forests influence the live of the local community whose life depends on forests as their source of foods, clean water, medicines and housing materials.
* The Heart of Borneo is a trilateral program of the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Since 2007, the three governments have collaborated to achieve conservation and sustainable development across the 22 Million hectares of forests in the Heart of Borneo.
* Tropical Forestry Conservation Act 2 (TFCA2) Program covers:
o Investment in biodiversity conservation that globally, nationally, and locally important, including environmental services and wildlife corridor program.
o Strengthened the role of local communities around forest areas by improving their access to forest resource use. Develop activities to reduce emission from deforestation and forest degradation, including to support implementation of demonstration activities REDD+
o Develop lesson learn to implement or adopt similar program in other areas.
o Enhance the capacity of partners in management of forest resource

Contact:
1. Kemenhut: Ir. Puspa Dewi Liman, MSc, Deputy Director for Environmental Services, The Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Ministry of Forestry, pdliman@gmail.com
2. WWF-Indonesia: Nazir Foead, Conservation Director, WWF-Indonesia, email: nfoead@wwf.or.id
3. TNC: Ade Soekadis, Acting Director Forest Program TNC Indonesia, email: asoekadis@tnc.org

Link : http://www.wwf.or.id/en/?23260/Pemerintah-Indonesia-dan-Amerika-umumkan-Debt-Swap-senilai-US-285-juta-untuk-konservasi-hutan-di-Kalimantan

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UNDP Indonesia : A Proposal for the Following Individual Consultant Assignment

Sumber : Mailist – 08 September 2011

UNDP Indonesia hereby invites you to submit a proposal for the following Individual Consultant assignment:

Title of the assignment: Technical Specifications Development Consultant for REDD+ Project (International, 1 post)
Project name: IC/UNDP-REDD+/037/2011
Period of assignment/services:

This procurement notice will be open until 15September2011 at 16.00 hours>. Details on the assignment can be found in the Terms of Reference (ToR).

To submit your proposal, please complete the following
documents:
1. Use the technical and price proposal template to submit your proposal;
2. Attach a completed and signed P11 form;
3. Complete and attach the Vendor Form;
4. Attach a copy of your latest CV (make sure to highlight any previous experience in similar projects or closely related areas).

Please ensure that all the documents mentioned above are submitted. Incomplete submissions may lead to rejection.

The selection of the individual consultant will be based on:
Highest qualified candidate; selection of the candidate with the highest combined technical and financial score; or Lowest priced evaluated offer of technically qualified consultant

Please submit your IC Proposal to: Redd-bids.id@undp.org
Note:For consultants above the age of 62, UNDP regulations require that a full medical evaluation is performed. Medical evaluation documentation does not need to be submitted with the other requested documents listed in this document, but will be requested should the consultant be chosen.

Notes:
For detail information please kindly visit UNDP Indonesia website at: www.undp.or.id/procurement

Notes: For detail information please kindly visit UNDP Indonesia website at: www.undp.or.id/procurement

PUBLICATION: The UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative releases new Guide on “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners”, 2011

Source : Mailist – August 24, 2011

We are pleased to draw your attention to a new Guide entitled “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners”.

Climate change adaptation is an area of growing concern and engagement for many developing countries. The myriad and uncertain effects of a changing climate pose significant risks for development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Numerous initiatives and financing mechanisms aimed at assisting countries with climate change adaptation have been rolled out and are being implemented. Efforts tend to concentrate on developing specific adaptation measures, with a focus on the ones that correspond to countries’ most urgent and immediate needs. Increasingly, countries are coming to realize that, in the long term, climate change adaptation needs to be supported by an integrated, cross-cutting policy approach.

This guide provides practical, step-by-step guidance on how governments and other national actors can mainstream climate change adaptation into national development planning as part of broader mainstreaming efforts. It is aimed at public decision makers and practitioners in developing countries dealing with climate
change adaptation.

In more detail, the Guide:

* describes key concepts related to mainstreaming adaptation to climate change
* presents an operating model to mainstreaming climate adaptation
* provides guidance on finding the right entry points into national development planning and making the case to decision-makers
* outlines how to integrate climate adaptation into policy processes, including collecting country-specific evidence
* offers guidance on meeting the implementation challenge from strengthening national monitoring systems to budgeting processes and policy measures at national, sector and subnational levels to strengthening institutions and capacities

The guide draws on substantial experience and lessons learned by the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative in working with governments to integrate environmental management for pro-poor economic growth and development into national development planning and decision-making. The Guide can be accessed at: www.unpei.org/knowledge-resources/publications.html

REDD+, Governance, and Community Forestry

The Forest Governance Learning Group brought together 12 experts from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, and the UN-REDD Programme to discuss how community forestry strengths and shortcomings can influence the further development of REDD+. This booklet summarizes their responses to nine timely questions and provides recommendations for future steps.

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), REDD-Net, the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN), the Norad Grassroots Capacity Building Project for REDD+, and RECOFTC supported the workshop and booklet.

Download: http://www.recoftc.org/site/resources/REDD-Governance-and-Community-Forestry.php

Stop the Indonesia-Australia REDD+ Project

Source : Aliran – 12 August, 2011

‘Custom Keepers’ in a district of Kalimantan are calling on the Indonesian president to stop a carbon-offset project in in the customary lands of the Dayak people.

We, the undersigned Mantir Adat (Custom Keepers) of Kadamangan Mantangai in the District of Kapuas in Central Kalimantan, met and had serious discussions on 7-8 June 2011 at the village of Katunjung in the sub-district of Mantangai.

Our statement is based on findings from the monitoring and evaluation of the development of the Indonesia-Australia REDD+ project known as the Kalimantan Forest and Climate Partnership (KFCP) since 2009 to the present in June 2011. We hereby provide our assessment and comments with respect to this pilot project:

1. Since the conception of the REDD+ project (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation plus other factors) way before any consultation at the field level, the location as shown on the map then already suggested that it would be situated within the customary land involving 14 villages and hamlets in the sub-districts of Timpah and Mantangai in the district of Kapuas. The location of the 120000-hectare project area had already been decided without notifying the community or having any consultation with the Dayak community. The site chosen was stated in the letter dated 20 December 2010 No. KT.12/II-KIM/2010, which was signed by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia.

2. The REDD+ project has brought unrest and conflicts to the community. People who are affected by this project felt that they have lost the strong sense of community and kindred spirit because of the project. People are suspicious of each other and the tranquillity and peace which we once had in the villages are gone.

3. The implementation of the REDD project often brings pressure to the community – both physical and psychological – because of the promise of millions of rupiah to those who would support the project. This kind of model is intimidating as it is fuelled by the promise of money. This is not good for the community where in accordance with our custom, we have encouraged the people to rehabilitate and reforest the one million hectares of land damaged by the ex-Mega Rice project in the spirit of community co-operation and self-reliance.

4. The implementation and direction of the REDD program through the use of the KFCP team, namely BOS Foundation, CARE International and the University, have mostly added pressure to local people that their customary access and use of the forest, traditional farming, fishery and other livelihood activities in the REDD project area have been ignored and will eventually cease.

5. Right from the beginning, the REDD project had never given any written assurance that customary land tenure rights of the Dayak community would be recognised. There is however more pressure on the Dayak Ngaju community to recognise the existence of the REDD project site. This is an unfair deal which we cannot accept. The REDD project is clearly a foreign project owned by Australia to offset industrial pollution/dirty emissions from Australia. When in reality, we the Dayak Ngaju people who were born and bred in this land way before this country became an independent state, had never been given the justice of the land, which we have been dependent on for our survival since time immemorial.

6. The REDD project has made many sweet promised to the Dayak Ngaju customary landowners. However, all of these promises were empty at the grassroots level. Reports submitted to the top only told good things, which are not true. This is an act of manipulation of the REDD project towards customary landowners.

With regards to the development of the REDD project to date, the stance adopted by the Mantir Adat is as follows:

1. We, the Mantir Adat of Kadamangan Mantangai, district of Kapuas in the province of Central Kalimantan, reject REDD projects because it is a threat to the rights and the livelihoods of the Dayak community in the REDD project area

2. Urgently appeal to Bapak President of the Republic of Indonesia (RI), Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the Prime Minister of to stop the project that has violated our rights and threatened the basis of survival of the Dayak community.

3. Appeal to Bapak President RI Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono to immediately confirm through a Presidential Decree the rights of the Dayak community to their traditional land in the Aliran Sungai (DAS) Kapuas region, and to give due recognition that the Dayak community has long since been addressing the crisis of climate change through viable solution for the Central Kalimantan peatland.

4. (Appeal to) Bapak President RI. Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono to immediately recognise the initiatives of the Dayak customary landowners in peatland management through revegetation, rehabilitation, river management, food garden allocation, customary forests. Our long association and sustainable management of peatland should not be forgotten and ignored in any quest for a solution to address the crisis of climate change, over and above REDD mechanism.

The Dayak community has for a long time protected the natural resources of peatland based on local wisdom. We do not need the aid of REDD mechanism. We do not need promises of any kind. We have been doing what we have done as a solution to the climate crisis for the safety of all human beings in the world – not to seek carbon funds. What we really need at this point in time are free health services, free education, improvement to our skills and knowledge, and access to relevant training; access to technology that is relevant to our needs as well as policies that support our effort to rehabilitate fire-damaged gardens and forests.

This is our stance, which we would like to present to you. We thank you for your attention and we look forward to working in co-operation.

Katunjung, 8 June 2011

Signed by:

1) Umbie Ipe Desa Mantangai Hulu,
2) Arthen. U. Sampah Desa Mantangai Tengah,
3) Yanmar Kurius Desa Kalumpang,
4) Sambung Desa Sei Ahas,
5) H. Arben anus Desa Katunjung,
6) Mudin Jaman Desa Katunjung,
7) Kanisius. B Desa Katunjung,
8. Tinus Desa Tumbang Muroi,
9) Zuda Dusun Tanjung Kalanis,
10) Simpei Desa Katimpun,

For the attention and cc of:

1. Bapak Ketua DPR RI di Jakarta
2. Bapak Ketua Parlement Australia di Australia
3. Bapak Menteri Kehutanan RI di Jakarta
4. Bapak Menteri Lingkungan Hidup RI di Jakarta
5. Bapak Ketua BAPPENAS RI di Jakarta
6. Bapak Ketua Dewan Nasional Perubahan Iklim (DNPI) di Jakarta
7. Bapak Ketua Dewan Kehutanan Nasional (DKN) di Jakarta
8. Bapak A. Teras Narang Gubernur Kalimantan Tengah
9. Bapak Ketua DPRD Provinsi Kalimantan Tengah di Palangkaraya
10. Bapak Ketua Bappeda Provinsi Kalimantan Tengah
11. Bapak Ketua Dinas Kehutanan Provinsi Kalimantan Tengah
12. Bapak Ketua DPRD Kabupaten Kapuas di Kapuas
13. Bapak Kepala Dinas Kehutanan Kabupaten Kapuas di Kapuas
14. Bapak Kepala Bappeda Kapuas di Kapuas
15. Bapak Ketua Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara d Jakarta
16. Bapak Direktur Eksekutif WALHI Nasional di Jakarta
17. Bapak Direktur Eksekutif WALHi Kalteng di Palangkaraya
18. Bapak Ketua AMAN Kalteng di Palangkaraya
19. Bapak Direktur Yayasan Petak Danum di Kapuas
20. Bapak Ketua LSM di Jaringan kerja LSM Petak Danum Nasional dan Daerah
21. Bapak Camat Mantangai di Kecamatan Mantangai
22. Bapak Camat Timpah di Kecamatan Timpah
23. Bapak Damang Kadamangan Mantangai dan Timpah
24. Bapak Kepala Desa di sepanjag DAS Kapuas di Tempat Arsip

Link : http://aliran.com/6350.html