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The Transformative Potential of REDD+, A Global Legacy in the Making
24 Sep 2014 -  Forests epitomise the win-win solutions available in the context of climate change. They provide a wealth of environmental, economic, social and cultural services that contribute to the wellbeing of every human being. These services are being disrupted and destroyed as a result of the approximately 13 million hectares of forests lost each year. In particular, deforestation and forest degradation is estimated to contribute to around 12 percent of annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

REDD+ is a key vehicle for engendering the restructuring of the global political economy that is necessary for a successful global transition to a green economy. In Indonesia, REDD+ is a key entry point for a broader process of constructing a resilient, low-carbon national economy guided by the principle of sustainable growth with equity. Since 2010, when Indonesia’s REDD+ Preparedness phase (Phase I) was launched, the country has made significant progress in preparing the institutional, policy and social framework to support large-scale REDD+ implementation.
Along with only a handful of other countries, Indonesia has completed the Preparedness phase and is now entering the second phase of its partnership with Norway, ‘Transformation’, whereby the wide-ranging changes necessitated by REDD+ implementation will begin to be realised.At the end of the Indonesia-Norway Partnership Phase II, Indonesia aims to be ready for payments for verified emission reductions by demonstrating achievements of REDD+ objectives in selected priority areas, thus entering Phase III – Contributions for Verified Emission Reduction.

On the sidelines of the 2014 United Nations Annual General Assembly Session, the Government of Indonesia will present its vision for REDD+, and outline the progress made so far. The objective of the event is to share and deepen understanding of the issues that Indonesia has experienced, and may experience in the future, on its path to achieving sustainable development and growth with equity. The key foci will be on showcasing the achievement of Indonesia on the reduction of emissions since the G20 in 2009 and  to encourage further collaborative partnerships with other countries to promote the reduction of emission through REDD+.