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Can 1 billion dollars halt, or slow down, deforestation in Indonesia?

 Can 1 billion dollars halt, or slow down, deforestation in Indonesia?
Presented by Fred Stolle, World Resources Institute
Venue: MC C2-135, World Bank
Wednesday, January 19, 2011; 12-1 pm

This presentation reviews the history of deforestation and its drivers in Indonesia, and analyzes the impact, in terms of slowing or halting deforestation, of the recently announced Indonesia-Norway “Cooperation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation”. Deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia have led to high rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and biodiversity loss, and today represent 80 percent of that country’s GHG emissions. The Indonesian-Norwegian agreement  aims to support Indonesia’s national strategy to reduce these rates. The initiative is funded by Norway with US $1 billion, with $100 million paid up front, and the rest as contributions-for-delivery. The planned implementation of the agreement has three phases: 1. a preparatory steps phase; 2. a readiness phase starting in 2011 and lasting 3-4 years; 3. a contributions-for-verified-emission-reductions phase beginning in 2014, allowing Norway (and other countries) to pay for emission reductions through a fund mechanism.

Fred Stolle is program manager for WRI’s Forest Landscape Objective, working on forest governance and management and their impacts on climate change, and on biofuels issues in Southeast Asia, with focus on Indonesia. He has previously worked at ITC (Netherlands), UNEP (Nairobi) and UNESCO (Jakarta). He lived 2 years in Kenya as team-leader for the production of a coastal atlas for Kenya, and for 4 years in Indonesia working on forests and land-use change issues. Since 2003 he works at WRI focusing on forestry in Southeast Asia (principally Indonesia). Recently, he is also involved in advising the Indonesian government on reduced deforestation programs under the UN Climate framework (UNFCCC). In addition Fred is involved in several international processes in Asia, including the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) initiative, the Asian Forest Partnership (AFP), the Roundtable of Sustainable Oil Palm, and the world-wide UN FAO Forest Resources Assessment. He holds a MSc in landscape ecology from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and a PhD in geography from the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.


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