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Balikpapan, September 28, 2017. On September 28, 2017, the Norwegian Government announced its distribution of 200 million krone or $25 million USD that will be managed by UNDP and can be accessed by members of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF). The announcement was made at the GCF Annual Meeting in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.
The four-day meeting resulted in partnerships with the private sector, particularly with companies in the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) as the agendas discussed in the Meeting are aligned with the objectives of TFA 2020.
An important result from the Meeting is the involvement of indigenous people in the GCF dialogue process. Indigenous people representatives from major indigenous organisations – AMAN (Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago) from Indonesia, AMPB from Central America, and COICA from the Amazonian River Basin – expressed their readiness to support the agenda to tackle deforestation and promote low-emission development.
Rukka Sombolinggi from AMAN provided an example of partnership in the form of mapping customary areas and identifying customary areas that are currently having problems with companies or local governments. Rukka Sombolinggi stated that there has never been an environmental dialogue process that has directly involved indigenous people.
East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak said: “Forums such as the GCF Annual Meeting are great learning opportunities. It is in these types of forums that we are able to meet and share our experiences, so that we can learn how other states and provinces across the world are promoting green growth in their respective regions.”
The Balikpapan Statement – a document resulting from the Meeting – is the beginning of a multi-phase process to find real and practical ways for achieving sustainable, low-emissions development. The three main Balikpapan Statement priorities are:
- Finding ways for jurisdictions that produce agricultural commodities to work together with supply chain actors to reduce deforestation.
- Protecting the rights and promoting the welfare of indigenous people and local communities.
- Finding ways to ensure that financial resources flow to support subnational efforts on forests and climate.
GCF Project Lead, William Boyd, stated: “We had two very interesting and productive Governors Working Sessions – one on Indigenous Peoples and one on Supply Chains. We had four Jurisdictional Learning Exchanges – running in parallel to these governors sessions, and it is these kinds of partnerships that promote convergence across the different initiatives on climate and forests that are taking shape all over the world at multiple levels of governance. “
The GCF is optimistic that with the partnerships built after the Balikpapan Statement, the agendas discussed during the four days can be implemented smoothly and catalyze real results in all member states.
GCF Indonesian Secretariat
Institut Penelitian Inovasi Bumi (INOBU)
Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force
INOVASI BUMI (INOBU)
INOBU is made up of a growing team of experts committed to helping farmers produce commodities without harming the environment and society. INOBU’s team consists of young and innovative Indonesian researchers who have expertise in the fields of environmental policy, economics and the natural and social sciences. From research, INOBU develops policy innovations and IT applications that are tested on the ground and then adopted by partners.
GOVERNOR’S CLIMATE AND FORESTS TASK FORCE (GCF)
Launched in 2009, the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) was designed to advance jurisdiction-wide approaches to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). Since then, the GCF has more than tripled its membership and expanded its reach to include members from Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States. GCF states and provinces are leading the way in building robust jurisdictional programs to protect forests and climate while enhancing rural livelihoods.