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Republic of Indonesia Appoints Head for New National REDD+ Agency

In December 2013, Mr. Heru Prasetyo was appointed as the first Head of Indonesia’s new National REDD+ Agency. The agency is the world’s first dedicated REDD+ national institution reporting directly to the Head of State.

Mr. Pak Heru Prasetyo, Head of Indonesia National REDD+ Agency

Under the terms of Presidential Regulation 62/2013 guiding the formation of the National REDD+ Agency, Mr. Prasetyo reports directly to the President on the progress of REDD+ implementation. Mr. Prasetyo previously served as Deputy Head of the Indonesian President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4), and is a familiar face to many working on the issues of national and international climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The National REDD+ Agency will continue to build upon the foundation for readiness laid by the Presidential REDD+ Task Force, a cross-ministerial initiative leading preparation for implementation from 2010-2013. Among its achievements, the Task Force drafted the National REDD+ Strategy and numerous provincial strategies. In addition, it made considerable progress towards setting up a separate measurement, reporting and verification institute, the Fund for REDD+ in Indonesia (FREDDI), and the burgeoning One Map movement through Interim Moratorium Maps developed as part of the moratorium on primary forests and peatlands.

From the onset, Indonesia has framed REDD+ as an entry point towards sustainable development. In accordance with these broader objectives, the National REDD+ Task Force has articulated the underpinning ideology of REDD+ as “beyond carbon, more than forests.” This complements Indonesia’s broader ambition to balance its 7/41 equation: voluntary 41 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2020, alongside 7per cent economic growth. In support of these efforts, the Norwegian Government signed a Letter of Intent with the Government of Indonesia for up to US$1 billion of performance-based payments within the REDD+ scheme.

To support Indonesia’s ambitious and pioneering REDD+ goals, the UN Secretary General inaugurated the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) in November 2011 as the focal point for REDD+ activities of the UN system in Indonesia. UNORCID provides the National REDD+ Agency, its counterparts from UN agencies, funds and programmes and all stakeholders with coordination support on REDD+ and allied activities in Indonesia. Through assessing needs and assisting policy formulation as requested, UNORCID offers direct support to Indonesia’s National REDD+ Agency. On the global level, UNORCID encourages and promotes a coordinated international response to challenges and opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Indonesia.


In this issue


Agreement for Panama’s National Programme Presented at UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting in December

Republic of Indonesia Appoints Head for New National REDD+ Agency

DRC, Kenya and Nepal Share their Experiences in Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Integrity for REDD+

Cambodia REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat Organizes Concert for REDD+

Argentina Holds R-PP Socialization Workshop

Mongolia Starts Consultations on Action Plan for Forest Monitoring System for REDD+

Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement in Sri Lanka

Peru Concludes Targeted Support Initiative Regarding Indigenous Peoples' Engagement and Effective Governance Mechanisms in REDD+

UN-REDD TEDxNairobi Talks Available Online

Features & Commentary

Main Findings and Lessons Learned from a Self-assessment of Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in REDD+ in the DRC
By: Anne Martinussen

Reports & Analysis

Tanzania Releases Report to Support Planning of Multiple Benefits and Safeguards for REDD+

Guidance Note on Gender Sensitive REDD+

Two New Go-REDD+ Issues from UN-REDD in Asia-Pacific

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