In 2014, six Indonesian provinces signed the Rio Branco Declaration, an agreement among 35 governors from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru and the Ivory Coast in which each province committed to:
- Continue reducing deforestation by up to 80 per cent by 2020 if adequate, sufficient, and long-term performance-based funding is available, through market or non-market sources;
- Develop partnerships with private sector initiatives that leverage the opportunities available through jurisdictional programs; and
- Ensure that a substantial share of any additional pay-for- performance benefits that flow to our jurisdictions will be dedicated to forest-dependent communities, smallholders, and indigenous peoples.
The six Indonesian governors join 28 other governors from around the world in making this commitment. The Indonesian provinces of Aceh, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Papua, West Kalimantan and West Papua are members of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) (now joined by North Kalimantan as of August 2016). The Indonesian GCF Provinces account for 58% of the areas with forest cover and 64% of peat land and peat forest areas in Indonesia.