Oct 9, 2013

REDD+ in Indonesia: an Update on Latest National Developments

Mubariq Ahmad Dr. Mubariq Ahmad, Advisor for Climate Change and Green Economy Policy
at the World Bank Indonesia, Former CEO of WWF Indonesia

Following commitments conveyed by Indonesia’s President at the G-20 Summit in 2009 to voluntarily reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 41% from predicted business-as-usual levels by 2020, the Indonesian government signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Government of Norway in 2010.  The event marked a new beginning in Indonesia’s forestry arena and the LoI was recognized as a game changer for policies related to this field. Using the President’s support and momentum initiated by the LoI, the Presidential REDD+ Task Force prepared a system for REDD+ implementation with the spirit of creating more tangible reform in the entire forestry and land-use based sectors, beyond what might be required for REDD+ implementation at the surface.  

In this presentation, Dr. Mubariq Ahmad will be focusing his discussion on Indonesia’s National REDD+ Strategy, the design of its implementation system, and the challenges of developing them. The talk will also provide some updates of the recent enactment of the new presidential regulation regarding the establishment of a REDD+ Agency and on the state of Indonesia’s readiness to implement REDD+.

Dr.Mubariq Ahmad works as Adviser for Climate Change and Green Economy Policy at the World Bank Indonesia Office. He was seconded to the Indonesian Presidential REDD+ Task Force to lead the Strategy Working Group until June 2013 and is currently serving as a member of Special REDD+ Team. Dr Ahmad is also a board member of the Governors Climate and Forest Fund, based in Colorado, USA. Previously, Dr. Ahmad had worked as the CEO of WWF Indonesia from 2003-2009 and Executive Director of Indonesian Ecolabeling Institute, 1997-2000. He served as member of the Steering Committee of the Forest Dialogue (TFD)  (2000-2008), and member of World Economic Forum (WEF) Council on Ecosystem and Biodiversity (2008-2011). While teaching at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Indonesia, Dr. Ahmad has been serving on the International Editorial Board of Elsevier’s Journal of Forest Policy and Economics since 2000. Mubariq Ahmad holds a Ph.D.in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics (Michigan State University,1997), a M.A. in International Trade and Finance (Economics Department, Columbia University, New York, 1990), and a Bachelor in Economics from University of Indonesia (1985).

Sponsored by the Yale Indonesia Forum and the Asia Student Interest Group at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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