Forestry sector to contribute to 60-pct reduction in carbon emissions

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Jakarta – The government, through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, intends for the forestry industry and other land uses to contribute to a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

By 2030, the government intends to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent on its own and 41 percent with foreign assistance.

In order to meet the aim of lowering greenhouse gas emissions, the government has developed an operational strategy to boost carbon absorption from the forestry industry and other land uses.

The strategy is outlined in the Minister of Environment and Forestry’s Decree No. 168 of 2022 on the absorption of carbon from the forestry industry and other land uses by 2030 in order to combat climate change.

“Indonesia will continue to fulfill climate control objectives with this legal foundation. We will not wait on promises from wealthy countries and will instead continue to work in the national interest “Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Environment and Forestry, stated in a press release received here on Monday.

According to the Minister of Environment and Forestry’s Decree, the amount of carbon absorption from the forestry sector and other land uses (Forest and Other Land Uses/FOLU) is intended to be equal to or greater than the level of emission.

Through sustainable forest management and environmental and carbon management, the ministry hoped to improve carbon absorption from the forestry industry and other land uses.

“The primary goal remains to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. Despite the difficulties, we will continue to fight for environmental development based on the philosophy of sustainability, “She made a comment.

In its attempts to combat climate change, Indonesia, according to Nurbaya, conforms to the carbon-neutral idea. The country has made remedial efforts to apply the notion throughout the previous five to seven years.

The government has implemented a permanent moratorium policy in the management of primary natural forests and peat forests covering an area of 66 million hectares, restored and improved water systems on peatlands covering an area of 3.4 million hectares, rehabilitated watersheds, implemented sustainable forest management covering an area of 14 million hectares, and run a social forestry program covering an area of 4.7 million hectares until 2021, according to the minister.

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